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Hudsonian godwit        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Hudsonian godwits are the smallest and most colorful of the godwits (in breeding plumage, as seen in most of these images).   They have a small, scattered, and still incompletely-known breeding range in the Canadian Arctic and Alaska.   Most of the year they frequent beaches, marshes, and estuaries, but in breeding habitat they frequently sit on top of small spruce trees (note the numerous mosquitos in the 'tree' images).   Occasionally are quite tolerant of close approach.   Most of these photos are of a bird that stopped in San Diego on its northward migration in late May and June 2019.   It was extraordinarily tame, largely ignoring people and flying only when dogs approached or it was about to be run down by a jogger.   Another page has some pictures of this bird in flight.   The adults in trees were photographed in Churchill, Manitoba and the juvenile (gray-brown plumage) was at the Salinas River mouth in central California.

  • Canon 7D2 or 5D4, 800 mm IS lens, some with 1.4X extender, some with fill-in flash (2019)
  • adults in trees:  Canon EOS1v, 500 mm f4 IS + 2X converter, Elite Chrome (2004) Extra Color, fill-in flash (2003)