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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S1-IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-11-21 4:07
Viewed: 3074
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Catoptrophorus semipalmatus

Chevalier semipalmé (French)
Playero pihuiuí (Spanish)

ge sandpiper of the interior West and the ocean beaches, the Willet is known by its piercing calls and bright black-and-white flashing wings. It is the only North American sandpiper whose breeding range extends southward into the tropics.


Large shorebird.
Bold black-and-white wing pattern seen in flight.
Grayish overall.
Long straight bill.
Long, gray legs.
Size: 33-41 cm (13-16 in)
Wingspan: 70 cm (28 in)
Weight: 200-330 g (7.06-11.65 ounces)
Sexes look alike, female slightly larger.

Call a loud, ringing "pill-will-willet."

Cool Facts:

Willets breeding in the interior of the West differ from the Atlantic Coastal form in ecology, morphology, and subtly in calls. Western Willets breed in freshwater habitats, and are slightly larger and paler gray. Eastern Willets have stouter bills and more barring on their chest and back. The difference in pitch between the calls of the two forms is very difficult for a person to detect, but the birds can hear the difference and respond more strongly to recorded calls of their own form.


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Nice capture Manyee, these guys are not easy to get close to so I think you've done well. Good composition and shaprness.

Nice capture ManYee.

Looks like he is trying scoot away, which is so often the case.

Great profile view of his head, with eye detail, wonderful lighting and POV.

Well done, thank you .

Hi Manyee,
Good shot on this Willet. I like the composition and framing. The pose is excellent. Nice shot!

Hello Manyee, beautiful natural shot - very clear and colorful. Great composition and great details. Well done and TFS!

Great capture Manyee,
Great colours, sharpness and detail.
Well composed, good DOF, POV and light.
Thanks for posting, have a good week.

  • Great 
  • pompey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
  • [2005-11-21 15:40]

Great capture Manyee, lovely pose, good natural colours and excellent note too.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-11-21 21:11]

Bonne prise nature.

Félicitations et merci pour l'envoie

  • Great 
  • klemmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
  • [2005-11-23 13:46]

Excellent pose you captured, even with a highlight in its eye. Due to the large DOF it shows the bird and its habitat. Expose seems a bit too much on my laptop monitor, but this will be a little different for each monitor anyway.

  • Great 
  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-11-24 2:22]

Personal assessment of the photo: very good. Great PoV!
Capacity of evocation in me: strong.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much Manyee.

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