Wednesday, August 24, 2011

HUGO the Hudwit

I took the family to Tiscornia in the afternoon, went swimming with the kids, built a sand castle, saw a dozen or so Willets fly by. All in all a very pleasant afternoon. And I just happened to take bins and the camera too. You know, just in case. Just in case I was scanning up the beach and noticed a scope on a tripod and Tim a little ways farther photographing something. Just to be safe I wandered up to make sure they were just willets. They were. Except for the slightly heavier browner one with the longer bill.
A moulting adult Hudsonian Godwit had settled in with 4 juvie Willets, probably only the 5th one I've ever seen and my first at Tiscornia.
Note the remnants of barred brick underparts and a few winter gray coverts in the wings matching the winter back.
It was pretty tame.
I managed to restrict myself to less than 500 frames.
I liked the contrast between the thick black legs of the godwit and the thinner greener legs of the young Willets.
The bird was pretty striking in flight too.


Caleb Putnam said...

Matt- those photos of the underwing of the HUGO are awesome!

Jason Bugay Reyes a.k.a horukuru said...

Lovely shots there 1