Marbled Godwit in flight with a TubewormMarbled Godwit in flight with a Tubeworm – Nikon D200, handheld, f5.6, 1/1500, ISO 400, Nikkor 80-400mm at 400mm, natural light, bird provided its own food

Several years ago while I was photographing at Fort De Soto’s beautiful north beach I saw a Marbled Godwit flying in with a dark Tubeworm in its bill and took a few images of it from a distance. I wish that it had been closer to me but this image does give an idea of the size of the worm.

Marbled Godwit walking on the beachMarbled Godwit walking on the beach – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/2000, ISO 400, Nikkor 80-400mm at 400mm, natural light

The Godwit gobbled the Tubeworm down so quickly that I didn’t get any images of the action because I needed to change my position in the warm water of the lagoon. After eating the worm the Godwit came closer and strolled right past me. I wish it had been as close with the worm as it was when I created this image!

Marbled Godwits do show up in Utah but I have never been as close to them here as I was in Florida.