The image above was taken at Fort De Soto on Florida’s Gulf coast. The Willets (Tringa semipalmata) there are habituated to people and because they are it is easier to approach them than it is here in Utah. My Nikkor 80-400mm VR was being repaired when I photographed this Willet and I was using my 70-300mm VR. I approached the bird from the water, inching forward on my knees so that I wouldn’t alarm the bird.
I’ve seen a few Willets this week and I am glad they are back from their wintering grounds, I’ve missed them.