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I’m finding it that bird identification isn’t always an easy assignment. First, some of the distinctions between species are often vary slight or often difficult to see. Then throw in some things like various changes due to age, sex, season and it gets interesting. Then, to make it even more confusing, I learned tonight that there are often hybrids. So, lately I’ve found myself spending many hours scouring various websites looking at illustrations and photos (ugh.. some are terrible) trying to nail down just exactly what it is I have captured. As with the small sparrow type I posted a couple days, try as I may, I can’t find anything like that one.

This fellow looks an awful lot like a Willet, but the photos I can find seem to show a much shorter neck, so is this just a longneck variation, or is this some hybid, or is it actually some other sandpiper with unusual coloration? Anyway, I like the pose of this one and the water washings past it’s legs.

I wish I has a tripod with me on this day to perhaps get some better sharpness, but overall given the effective focal length of about 600 MM (400 MM for a film camera), I think this isn’t too bad.

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