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Willet On The Hunt, In The Wind

It was late afternoon and windy at the beach when I spotted a Willet hunting in a tidal pool.

Wind Pushed Willet On The Hunt
Wind Pushed Willet On The Hunt

Often these shore birds go back and forth in the same pool, probing around the edges for food.

Wind Pushed Willet On The Hunt
Wind Pushed Willet On The Hunt

This time the wind kept him moving further down the beach.

Wind Pushed Willet On The Hunt
Wind Pushed Willet On The Hunt

He was having success at finding some snacks.

Wind Pushed Willet On The Hunt
Wind Pushed Willet On The Hunt

Willet and His Shadow

Willets are shore birds that tend to mind their own business and with their sand coloring it is easy to miss them. As the sun was coming up this one decided to take a stroll away from the water and there was a bit of contrast between him and the hard packed sand. The line shadows behind him were created by a dead tree standing in the ocean surf.

Willet and His Shadow
Willet and His Shadow

Then he took off, first showing me his patterned underwings…

Willet and His Shadow
Willet and His Shadow

…then revealing a nice view of his the upper side of his wing, and a cool shadow.

Willet and His Shadow
Willet and His Shadow

I didn’t capture his shadow in this last image but I did like the driftwood background as the Willet flew away.

Willet and His Shadow
Willet and His Shadow

Botany Bay Island, SC, August 4, 2019

Willet On the Shore

Although I have seen a Willet in flight it is more common to see them walking the shore, poking the surf and sand for food.

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Willet patrolling the shore

I didn’t see where he captured this fish but he took it to a wide open expanse of beach to consume it, alone. It’s size slowed him down. Just swallowing it wasn’t an option.

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Willet with a good sized catch

The pools left by the falling tide attract the Willets. Calmer than the ocean surf they often are a concentrated food source as the water drains away.

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Willet in a beach pool

They will completely immerse their heads looking for food, tipping like a bobbing garden ornament.

Willet Dunking his Head
Willet Dunking his Head