This Willet was having a late breakfast, as it was pushing 11 am and I was just about done for the day. This is a good example of when waiting around can pay off pretty well, and this was almost my last image of the day. In fact, I’d already decided to call it quits as my camera would only hold 10 more frames when this Willet moved away from the other birds and quickly plucked up a little crab. Just as fast as he caught it, it was gone down his throat, so there is indeed an element of luck in this shot, confirming that you can’t get a good shot if you don’t press the shutter button.
All told, I had a very good morning at Ft. DeSoto a couple of weeks ago. It was -9 degrees when we left Princeton, so 68 degrees in St. Peterburg was a real treat. This morning it was foggy at first and stayed overcast all morning, but there was a nice tame group of birds around, including this Willet, a pair of Marbled Godwits, a Litttle Blue Heron, a Roseate Spoonbill, a Reddish Egret and of course the ever present Great Egrets and Snowy Egrets.. They didn’t mind at all that I was kneeling in the water within 8-10 feet of them and I was just so glad to be out of the freezing Massachusetts weather that the gray skies was of no concern to me. The light fog and overcast made for nice soft light and high key backgrounds.
Hope that you enjoy this Willet shot with his crab breakfast.
Taken with a tripod mounted Nikon D4 and 600 mm lens at 1/1,250 sec., f7, ISO 640.