A Willet on a Sagebrush

Willet on a SagebrushWillet on a Sagebrush- Nikon D300, f7.1, 1/640, ISO 500, +1.0 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

In the past 10 Days I have shared a Western Meadowlark and a Sage Thrasher perched on Sagebrush and today I am posting a Willet perched on Big Sagebrush. On Antelope Island State Park western Willets breed in the semiarid grasslands that also include sagebrush, rabbitbrush and greasewood and during the early part of the breeding season the Willets can often be found perched on top of these shrubs to rest, preen and call. Though western Willets are not sagebrush obligates they do use sagebrush for cover from predators as do many other species of birds, mammals and reptiles.

This Willet perched on the sagebrush just a few feet from the road and called once before taking off to land on the other side of the road in the grasses.


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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. Looks like Montana! LOL. Love Sagebrush shots.

  2. I always have trouble identifying birds when I met known birds in a new area or habitat. The first time I saw a willet in a sagebrush, I had to spend many minutes figuring out what it was. We see those western willets in Texas in the winter when they are mostly unmarked and pale. So he was both out of habitat and in disguise.

  3. Love the alert look – and the way some of the plumage colour is echoed in the Sagebrush.

  4. I’m so used to seeing Willets on ocean beaches, seems strange to see one on Sagebrush! Nice!

  5. What perfect timing!!!! See my post for today and you’ll understand why! LOL

  6. Great photo!
    Thanks for teaching me so much!

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