Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Western Willet in Grasslands National Park

This Western Willet chose a roadside slough as its nesting place in Grasslands National Park, and each time we turned that corner, we watched for it — or its fledging offspring — on the gravel.

This mottled shorebird breeds mainly in inland areas in the Prairies and Mid West, then winters along the coasts of North and South America. Though fairly dull on land, in flight, Western Willets have a stunningly bold black and white wing pattern, which (I hope) one day I will (I hope) capture... (And yes! Click the link!)  But birds in flight can be little trickier than one standing on a rock...

Western Willet. © Shelley Banks, 2013, all rights reserved.
Western Willet watching us, and watching its young fledgling. © SB 
Young Western Willet. © Shelley Banks, 2013, all rights reserved.
Fledgling Western Willet, hiding in the grass. Gotta love camouflage. © SB 

What are these birds? An adult and a young Western Willet - Chevalier semipalmé
Location: Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan, Canada Prairie Passages Tour
Photo date: June 26, 2013. 


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