Sunday, September 9, 2012

Pic of the Day

Willet: Tringa semipalmata
Long-billed Curlew: Numenius americanus (Juvenile)

Marbled Godwit: Limosa fedoa
     Willet: Tringa semipalmata and Long-billed Curlew: Numenius americanus -- Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Montana Benton Lank National Wildlife Refuge located just outside Great Falls, Montana, and is perhaps the best kept secret among the birding world.  My visit this past spring provided great shooting opportunities.  Willets, Long-billed curlew, and Marbled Godwits nest on the refuges' grasslands and feed on the lakes mud flats.  In one morning I was able to photograph all three species. The willet and godwit are adult birds, but judging from the length of curlews bill it must be a juvenile, as adult long-billed curlews bills are about twice the length of the one shown here.
     Benton Lake had many other species of birds that I photographed as well, some for the first time.  I’ll post some of those images at a later date.  

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