The Willet (Tringa semipalmata), is a large shorebird in the family Scolopacidae. It is a relatively large and robust sandpiper, and is the largest of the species called “shanks” in the genus Tringa. Its closest relative is the lesser yellowlegs, a much smaller bird with a very different appearance apart from the fine, clear, and dense pattern of the neck, which both species show in breeding plumage. It breeds in North America and the West Indies and winters in southern North America, Central America, the West Indies and South America.
The reddish egret is considered one of the most active herons, and is often seen on the move. It stalks its prey visually in shallow water far more actively than other herons and egrets, frequently running energetically and using the shadow of its wings to reduce glare on the water once it is in position to spear a fish; the result is a fascinating dance. Due to its bold, rapacious yet graceful feeding behavior, author Pete Dunne nicknamed the reddish egret “the Tyrannosaurus rex of the Flats”. It eats fish, frogs, crustaceans, and insects. The bird’s usual cry is a low, guttural croak.
Nice pictures and information
Thank you very much, Bindya. 🙂
Interesting information about the reddish egret, HJ!
Thanks so much, Chris. 🙂
Interesting birds we do not see here HJ, the reddish egret looks quite a stunner 🙂
It really is a stunner! Thank you, Ashley. 🙂
Great finds! Wonderful pictures!
Thank you very much, Sandra. 🙂
Like the back-lighting.
It was planned that way, I guess it worked! Thank you, Jane. 🙂
Bellissimi uccelli acquatici..
Grazie mille. cara Silvia. 🙂
Great shots, HJ! I’m still looking for my ‘first’ Reddish Egret! 😉
Thank you, Donna. Don’t lose hope, keep looking. 🙂