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Greater Yellowlegs

Posted by Julie L. Brown, Photobirder (Indianapolis, Indiana, United States) on 29 September 2015 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

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Edwin B. Forsythe
National Wildlife Refuge | New Jersey

The bill of the Greater Yellowlegs is longer in proportion to the head than is the bill of the Lesser Yellowlegs . Telling the difference between the two species can be difficult in the field. That is why I am always glad when I have a photograph to study. However, I am still not certain that I have the ID correct for this bird.

I haven't been to that many, but I love to spend time at a national wildlife refuge. "The Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge protects more than 47,000 acres of southern New Jersey coastal habitats which is actively managed for migratory birds." There are more than 555 refuges in the system: "The National Wildlife Refuge System is a network of lands and waters managed specifically for the protection of wildlife and wildlife habitat and represents the most comprehensive wildlife resource management program in the world. Units of the system stretch across the United States from northern Alaska to the Florida Keys, and include small islands in the Caribbean and South Pacific. The character of the refuges is as diverse as the nation itself."

In 2013 (October 6-12), I traveled to southern New Jersey for "Cape May Magic" an American Birding Association workshop conducted by Mark Garland and Pat & Clay Sutton . It was a wonderful week of birding and learning about birds, although it was rainy and very windy. The storm, a nor'easter (a cyclonic storm that moves along the east coast of North America. It’s called “nor’easter” because the winds over coastal areas blow from a northeasterly direction) , lasted most of the week. As a result, the conditions were generally very challenging for bird photography. Despite the weather, I enjoyed it so much that I spent another five days there in mid-October 2014. Due to its location at the end of a peninsula bordered by Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, Cape May , New Jersey is a migrant trap and one of the top birding destinations in North America.
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jean pierre a from France

joli reflet!! amitiés

29 Sep 2015 7:11am

Focales from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

I like very much his yellow socks! He has a lot of grace this bird

29 Sep 2015 7:12am

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

SUperb reflection

29 Sep 2015 5:18pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

One can definitely see how they got their name!! Splendid detail captured in this shot from 600mm away!

29 Sep 2015 6:41pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice shot!
such beautiful composition, focus, colors, lights & reflections!
L O V E L Y !!!!

29 Sep 2015 9:22pm

L'Angevine from Angers, France


30 Sep 2015 5:56am

Martine from Brest, France

Joli reflet de cette avocette.

30 Sep 2015 11:04am

Sonja from Wörgl, Austria

So nice with the yellow legs !

30 Sep 2015 8:37pm

Aigleloup from Rebecq, Belgium

Yes, great shot

2 Oct 2015 4:55pm

This image has been featured in 1 Remix collection.

lovely birds 2015 by omid