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Willet        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Like many shorebirds, willets breed in the continental interior and winter in coastal areas.   They are common in California, and their flashing black and white wing patterns (seen in the images of flying birds) and loud calls are familiar to most beachwalkers.   The one at upper left, in gray winter plumage, was swimming in a salt marsh in Palo Alto, California.   The rather different-looking summer-plumaged bird at upper right was walking on a sand bar in the San Diego River channel in southern California; a molting but mostly summer-plumage bird in flight is below at left.   The bird walking through bubbles at bottom left by a retreating wave was near Monterey, California, as were the willets in flocks with marbled godwits.   Finally, the breeding bird on the post was at Bear Lake Wildlife Refuge in Idaho.

  • Canon 10D, 1D Mk. II, or 1D4; 500 mm IS lens plus 1.4X converter or 800 mm IS lens with 1.4X converter, some with fill-in flash (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2012, 2013)