Eastern Willet in flight at Fort De Soto

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Eastern Willet in flightEastern Willet in flight – Nikon D200, handheld, f8, 1/750, ISO 250, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 330mm, natural light

There are two subspecies of Willets which Western and Eastern, here in Utah I only see the Western subspecies but in Florida I could see both during the course of a year. This Willet is the Eastern subspecies that I photographed at Fort De Soto’s north beach in 2009.

The Willet flew in so close to me that I had to back up my zoom so I wouldn’t clip any of the bird. I had been photographing a static shorebird when I noticed the Willet flying in and I didn’t have time to change my settings, I would have increased my ISO some and changed my aperture to f6.3 to get a faster shutter speed if there had been time but since the Willet was gliding in I had just enough shutter speed to freeze the action. The reflection from the white sand below the bird helped to light up the underside of the shorebird’s wings.



  1. Julie Brown June 1, 2013 at 6:33 am

    I like the flight position of the bird. It is very difficult to switch from shooting static subjects to flying subjects, as you well know!

    • Mia McPherson June 2, 2013 at 5:56 am

      Julie, it can be very challenging to switch from static subjects to flying ones. Thanks for commenting.

  2. jerry liguori May 29, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Love your photos!

  3. M. Firpi May 28, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    I think the flight action is very well frozen as it is; and the natural light is very nice, too.

  4. eric c11 May 28, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    not so easy to get it so close in fligth, a real good performance mia, bravo, it s a great shot =)))
    have a nice day ☼

    • Mia McPherson May 28, 2013 at 2:46 pm

      Thank you Eric, I hope you have a great night.

  5. Bob Bushell May 28, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Beautiful Willet in flight, great photography.

    • Mia McPherson May 28, 2013 at 2:44 pm

      Thank you Bob, this was a fun bird to photograph.

  6. Taylor K. May 28, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    You captured the details so perfectly. 😀

    • Mia McPherson May 28, 2013 at 2:44 pm

      Thanks Taylor and thank you for visiting my blog.

  7. Jane Chesebrough May 28, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    in the right place at the right time.great shot.

  8. Tami May 28, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Mia, I really like the “ghosting” look of the bird’s wing feathers. Not sure if it’s due to the shutter speed or the lighting, or both, but it’s a really neat shot.

  9. Wally May 28, 2013 at 8:05 am

    Wonderful in-flight shot! I can’t believe these birds won’t wait while you make a few camera adjustments! 🙂

    • Mia McPherson May 28, 2013 at 8:18 am

      Wally, Willets just don’t train well 😉

      Thanks for your comment.

  10. Sherry in MT May 28, 2013 at 7:49 am

    Such pretty patterns under those wings. Just don’t see photos of them in flight often enough. Lovely.

    • Mia McPherson May 28, 2013 at 8:18 am

      Thanks Sherry, I love the wing patterns on Willets.

  11. Beverly Everson May 28, 2013 at 7:26 am

    Excellent shot, Mia!

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