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Ellie, my little rescued poodle, was my best photography companion. With no exception. One sunny morning, I saw this Long-billed Curlew wading in the bay surf. I stopped suddenly and quietly said, “Ellie, stand still.” Although I hadn’t had her very long, Ellie knew I needed complete stillness for an important event. She stood stock still next to my ankle.
The shorebird, nervous at the focused human attention, made a sharp turn southward and soon had its back to me. With beads of water captured as they fell back into the bay, it was the shot I wanted. The Long-billed Curlew wading in the bay surf was mine. I snapped the lens cap onto the camera. Ellie and I continued our walk along the shore of Humboldt Bay. By-the-way, she got an extra treat when we got home.