Willet Close Ups

A Fluffed up Willet Close UpA Fluffed up Willet Close Up – Nikon D810, f14, 1/400, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm with 1.4x TC, natural light

There was a very cooperative Willet on Antelope Island Yesterday that was close to a road and perched in sweet light and I couldn’t resist taking portraits of this lovely shorebird. If I had been on foot the Willet surely would have flown away but by using a vehicle as a mobile blind it stayed put.

Western Willet Portrait on Antelope IslandWestern Willet Portrait on Antelope Island – Nikon D810, f14, 1/160, ISO 200, -0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm with 1.4x TC, natural light

I love getting portraits because I can see the finer details of the plumage, the eyes and the bill.

Portrait of a WilletPortrait of a Willet – Nikon D810, f14, 1/160, ISO 200, -0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm with 1.4x TC, natural light

Whenever I get the chance to take portraits of a wild bird I am delighted and who knows, it might be another 5 years before it happens again.  When I left the Willet after this session it was still perched on top of the Greasewood relaxing in the morning light.

Life is good.



  1. Utahbooklover June 19, 2015 at 11:33 am

    I really like the sweet pose of the last image. Thanks for posting.

  2. Patty Chadwick June 18, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    I love the portraits, too…for the same reasons…the detail is perfection! The camera, in your hands, captures these details, and freezes them for study…in a way that could never happen any other way….

  3. Elephant's Child June 18, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    You love getting portrait shots – and I love seeing them. Thank you.

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