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I am really sorry macjake for stealing your title, I just thought this will be so appropriate here, although it is a completely different photo than yours.

It so happens that since many years I live next to a coast. It was the Pacific Ocean, Baltic Sea (also close to the North Sea), Celtic Sea (also close to the Atlantic Ocean) now Irish Sea respectively. Sitting on a beach was always quite boring to me but I do that from time to time. In California I found it very entertaining to watch beach birds. There were two types of them exhibiting similar behavior. When the wave was coming back to the ocean they were running very quickly after it trying to find something in the sand with their thin long beaks. When the wave came back again they were running away on their tiny long legs. They were running a lot and it always made me laugh.

I have found out the name of this bird species. It is Long-Billed Curlew, Numenius americanus. They are native to North America.

It is my second but probably last bird photo so that is why I don’t intend to create a TrekNature account. This photo was taken in the afternoon on the Pismo Beach along the central coast of California. In the workshop I present one more photo taken in the morning at the same beach. The light was different. The workshop photo presents a couple (I believe male and female are slightly different) having a morning jog on the beach.

Coming back to the title: in one of the previous uploads I have mentioned, how great is the weather in Southern California. Now it may come as a surprise for those who did not visit California that the water in the ocean along the Californian coast is very cold all year long.

*** update 08.08.2011 ***
I have just discovered that the bird has a European cousine: Eurasian Curlew, Numenius arquata.

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Additional Photos by Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2789 W: 95 N: 6743] (28422)
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