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Willet in Flight

Posted by Julie L. Brown (Indianapolis, Indiana, United States) on 4 September 2010 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Blue Mesa Reservoir, Colorado
Curecanti NRA, Gunnison County

The Sibley Guide said that the wing pattern is distinctive and is only revealed in flight. That was the key to the ID.

Canon EOS 40D 1/800 second F/8.0 ISO 320 400 mm

willet | blue-mesa-reservoir | colorado

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Cruz from exurbia, United States

I did two birds yesterday but NOTHING like this beautiful shot! Excellent!

4 Sep 2010 6:31am

@Cruz: Thanks. Are you going to post them?

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Beautifully, even as the water is reflected! Flying birds are almost Digiscoping unfortunately not feasible, but I can not have it all.

4 Sep 2010 7:27am

@Loner: You do pretty well with your digiscope, Sonja, so I guess that will have to be your consolation!

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

I like the position of his wings here... your timing was just perfect ! Have a wonderful weekend Julie :)

4 Sep 2010 7:59am

@Tamara: Thanks Tamara. To get the most pleasing wing position I shoot off a burst of frames for flying birds. This one was the one I liked best.

Larry Elkins from Bisbee, United States

fantastic capture

4 Sep 2010 2:06pm

@Larry Elkins: Thank you for the comment, Larry.

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

Beautiful shot Julie, i like the reflection on the water! Have a good weekend!!

4 Sep 2010 5:52pm

@Richard: Thank you Richard. I rented a lens and am going to bird this weekend!

Sara from Jackson, WI, United States

Great catch...cool how the bird's reflection is in the water

4 Sep 2010 6:08pm

@Sara: Thank you Sara. The water would have been glassier, but the boats were out on the lake.

Paul from summerside, Canada

Graceful looking

4 Sep 2010 8:17pm

@Paul: Thanks Paul.

Gillian Barfoot from Saint John, Canada

How wonderful to watch this elegant bird gliding across the water -- wonderful close framing and reflection.

4 Sep 2010 11:14pm

@Gillian Barfoot: Thank you Gillian. Birds in flight are always interesting because they reveal hidden wing patterns.

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

beautiful and graceful! perfect shutter speed and excellent focus and sharpness!

5 Sep 2010 12:41am

@DarkElf: Thank you!

Saeed Rasoulof from Tehran, Iran

great shot , well done :)

5 Sep 2010 9:39am

@Saeed Rasoulof: Thank you for the comment. Saeed.

Anita from West Nottingham, United States

This photo shows the wing pattern nicely. The water is lovely.

5 Sep 2010 11:19am

@Anita: Thank you Anita. These birds look similar until they fly and you can see the wing detail.

Johan Dierckx from Wijnegem, Belgium

One to be very proud with !

5 Sep 2010 9:58pm

@Johan Dierckx: Thank you Johan. I could have used a bit faster shutter speed, but I think I'll keep it.

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Great details in this action shot!

6 Sep 2010 1:54pm

@Barbara Kile: Thank you Barbara.