Willet and Boreal Bluet Damselfly

Juvenile Willet and DamselflyJuvenile Willet and Damselfly – Nikon D300, f7.1, 1/1250, ISO 400, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

On the first day of my recent trip to southwestern Montana I came across two Willets (Tringa semipalmata) near a lake shore, one was an adult and one was a juvenile. There were plenty of bugs around, the horse flies bit me up pretty good and they even made me miss a few shots because I had to keep swatting them off of my skin. There were insects that the Willets were hunting and eating, primarily they seemed to be focused on dragonfly nymphs.

I thought this image of the juvenile Willet and a Boreal Bluet (Enallagma boreale) damselfly was interesting, although it appears the shorebird is attempting to catch the damselfly, I believe the Bluet was just flying by as the Willet searched for food in the water.



  1. Tami Vogel July 29, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Absolutely perfect timing, Mia! I love the pink of the bird’s mouth contrasting w/the beautiful blue of the damselfly.

  2. Tammy Karr July 26, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    What a great capture~ perfect timing! It took me a second to find the damselfly:)

  3. Julie G. July 26, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Lovely photograph! It really does look like the Willet was about to catch the damselfly in midair.

  4. Stu July 26, 2012 at 11:52 am

    I originally missed the damselfly and then thought it was about to crunch down on it, but I agree, it seems to be passing in front of it in taxiing mode 😉 Great colors and feel to the picture.

    • Mia McPherson July 27, 2012 at 6:17 pm

      Thanks Stu, the photo before and after this frame made it clear the damselfly was just passing by.

  5. Carol Mattingly July 26, 2012 at 7:18 am

    The color of the water is so soft and beautiful in this image. Love it. Carol

    • Mia McPherson July 27, 2012 at 6:16 pm

      Thank you Carol, the wate rmade me want to dangle my toes in it (because it was SO hot).

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