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Long-billed Curlew
Photographer: Chuck Murphy
Location: Ft. DeSoto State Park, Florida
Story: 
Long-Billed Curlews have the longest bill of any bird in North America, and the second longest in the world. They use it to probe the sand, poking down into the long holes of sand crabs until the sensitive bulb on the end of their bill feels the crab. Then they snap the bill shut and bring up their prey for a crab lunch.
Digital Alterations: 
Cropping, adjustments to exposure, contrast, luminance and sharpening
Camera Information: Canon 5D Mk. III with Canon 600mm lens and 1.4X teleconverter.
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