Range Tracking

With the Willets at the Beach

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This Willet (Tringa semipalmata) looks like it is about to inundated by an incoming wave but, through some quick moves on the Willet’s part, it escaped with nary a wet feather on the beach at the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge.
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After its narrow escape with the wave, the Willet took some much needed “me time” to preen its feathers.
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The Sanderlings (Calidris alba) seem to have adopted the Willets as their de facto leader as they took wing and followed the larger birds around the beach on several occasions. The Willet leader is the large bird at extreme left.
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No problem with crowd control for a group landing.
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The sand was a spectacular yellow color for a few moments in the light of the rising sun.
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The obligatory Gull photo – in this case a Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis).
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A Willet forages along in the swash zone.
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A little Sanderling with a much larger Willet.
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Sanderlings love to do things as a group.
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A wave catches the golden light at sunrise.

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