Juvenile Willet looking for prey

Juvenile Willet on the shore of a lakeJuvenile Willet on the shore of a lake

It won’t be long before I start seeing juvenile Willets that are about the size of the one pictured here. This one still has a bit of down left on the back of its upper neck and its bill is slightly shorter than an adult’s. As I watched this juvenile Willet at Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge I saw it catch 2 dragonfly nymphs and eat them.


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  1. M. Firpi June 9, 2013 at 8:40 am

    I can still see those downy feathers!

  2. Sherry in MT June 7, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    What a marvelous shot Mia as always! Love the detail and your ids are so spot on you should be publishing a book!

    • Mia McPherson June 11, 2013 at 12:02 pm

      Thank you Sherry, a book would involve more time than I seem to have free!

  3. Prairie Birder June 7, 2013 at 6:35 am

    Great photo, Mia! We have coinciding Willet posts today! http://prairiebirder.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/feathers-on-friday-78/

    • Mia McPherson June 11, 2013 at 12:02 pm

      I didn’t get to see you post on the Willet until I came home Charlotte, congrats on getting that image!

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