Friday, May 24, 2013
Posted by Vincent Mistretta
Last spring I was very fortunate to find a Willet's Nest. As a new spring emerges and a holiday weekend approaches, I plan on returning to the same nesting area. Last year, as I arrived at the location I would be scouting, it seemed that there were signs all around me (I know, bad pun! ;-))
I approached a location where I had seen Willets for several years. The location in my opinion was perfect. Salt flats, sea grass and rocks along the road to shelter the nests. The only skepticism I had was the knowledge that this location floods a lot and the chances of chicks surviving here are slim given the recent flooding. But I have seen Willets here for several years now during June and July so as I said at the start, I had a hunch.
As I approached the area I planned to observe, I found several Willets calling. I parked the car across the road, rolled down the window and waited with my camera on a bean bag pointing out the window. After about an hour, I saw my first chick. Just as quickly as it had jumped up on the rocks, it jumped back down before I could make a click. Unfortunately I didn't see another one! But I was thrilled to see my first Willet chick even though I didn't get to photograph it.
Images captured with Nikon D3x w/600mm f/4 and TC14-EIII on Lexar digital film.