Willet (Western)

Tringa semipalmata inornata

ML80697301


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Cameron Eckert
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Watson Lake--Robert Campbell Hwy--km1 marsh
Yukon, Yukon Territory, Canada
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Latitude and Longitude 60.0689, -128.7233 Map

Age
Adult
Sex
Unknown
Behaviors
Breeding
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Observation details

Willet found on 31 May at Wye Lake by Jukka. We searched Wye Lake and didn't see the bird, so Cameron figured that another good place to look would be the marsh between town and the airport. Incredibly, the Willet was there. I got fairly good photos of the bird as it fed in the marsh, and we were careful not to flush it. This was a large and robust shorebird, larger than Greater Yellowlegs; it has a heavy, long bill, that was tapered towards the tip indicating Western Willet; bill colour was greyish at the base becoming blackish half way to the tip; eye was black with pale whitish eye ring; the overall colour was buffy/grey with darker grey/black streaks on head, neck and throat, and dark grey/black baring on flanks back and wing coverts, with thickest barring on tertials; the undertail was whitish-buff with thin scattered bars; the primaries were black, and the tail was pale buff. We didn't see it in flight. The identification of the bird as Western Willet is based on the overall fairly pale buffy-grey colour, and the somewhat tapered bill.

Technical Information

Model
NIKON D200
f-stop
f/5.6
Focal length
420 mm
Shutter speed
1/1250 sec
ISO
640
Flash
Flash did not fire
Original file size
1,172KB
Dimensions
2449 x 1633

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