Long-billed Curlew in far southeast Colorado

Today I birded in far southeast Colorado. I found this male Long-billed Curlew on some grassland on or near the Comanche National Grasslands. This species is an early breeder on Colorado grasslands and migrates south as soon as young are able.
While I photographed it from about a hundred and fifty feet away (using long lens then cropping photo for further enlargement) it called repeatedly--I didn't see any other curlews in the area so wonder if he just got separated from a group he was migrating with. SeEtta


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