I love Golden Plovers and Curlews, which are both extremely shy here. So kudos for getting up so close with the Curlew!
I will be picking up my birding activities again after a pause due to the shock over the avian flu catastrophy in western europe.
I will be travelling to a major migratory spot where large numbers of Crane birds gather for a week or two and gain weight before resuming their journey to their wintering grounds in Africa.
P.s. what is your favorite birding lens, the 500PF or the 800PF?
I was very proud of my wife getting these. She loves to "best me". Lol!
Honestly, I really like them both.
On the FF Z9, the 500 often falls a little short from a reach perspective although it does quite well with a 1.4x TC on the Z Bodies.
The 800PF gets me right back to the same basic FL I was used to with the D500 & 500PF with a bonus 50mm, so because I've been shooting the Z9 most of the time, the 800 is getting the most action. While it's a tad larger & heavier than the 500PF, it's not that much and I have yet to shoot the 800 from a tripod. It's "hand hold-able" like the D500 / 500PF.
Good luck on you coming adventure! Hope you see an abundance of migrants.