Leftover Willets

By josh • Nature, Wildlife • 13 Nov 2014

Doing a little cleanup this week I found some Willet photos from Bear Island, North Carolina back in June.  They were taken in the harsh midday sun and certainly aren’t perfect, but I like them anyway because I’m unlikely to have a group of Willets come wandering up to me on the beach here in Vermont.

Willet

Willet
Bear Island, North Carolina
June, 2014
Canon 400mm f/5.6L at f/13, 1/800s, ISO320

Even though their plumage is mostly nondescript, I find these relatively large shorebirds to be elegant and interesting to watch.  At least on the beach, their method of feeding is to jam their bills into the mud and root around for small arthropods and invertebrates, using their sensitive bill tips as much as their eyesight.

Willets
Bear Island, North Carolina
June, 2014
Canon 400mm f/5.6L at f/13, 1/800s, ISO320

 

Willets
Bear Island, North Carolina
June, 2014
Canon 400mm f/5.6L at f/11, 1/800s, ISO320

That said, watching them pull something out of the muck only to drop it and then chase it down the beach as it was blown by the wind and surf was pretty comical.

Willets
Bear Island, North Carolina
June, 2014
Canon 400mm f/5.6L at f/13, 1/800s, ISO320

 

Willet
Bear Island, North Carolina
June, 2014
Canon 400mm f/5.6L at f/11, 1/800s, ISO320

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