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Willet Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: March 3, 2012
ID : B13K4489 [4896 x 3264]

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Willet Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Goleta, CA (Coal Oil Point Reserve)
GPS: 34.4N, -119.9W, elev=0' MAP
Date: July 13, 2009
ID : 7C2V0013 [3888 x 2592]

Willet Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: August 20, 2008
ID : 7C2V7244 [3888 x 2592]

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Willet Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: August 24, 2010
ID : 7C2V2232 [3888 x 2592]

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Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: November 9, 2010

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Willet Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Manhattan Beach, CA
GPS: 33.9N, -118.4W, elev=16' MAP
Date: April 2, 2010
ID : 7C2V5329 [3888 x 2592]

Willet Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: El Segundo (Dockweiler State Beach), CA
GPS: 33.9N, -118.4W, elev=14' MAP
Date: April 9, 2009
ID : 7C2V7094 [3888 x 2592]

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Willet Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: February 25, 2009
ID : 7C2V4883 [3888 x 2592]

Eastern Willet (Eastern)
 
 
Location: Corpus Christi (Oso Bay), TX
GPS: 27.7N, -97.3W, elev=1' MAP
Date: August 29, 2009
ID : 7C2V2721 [3888 x 2592]

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Willet Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: January 3, 2009
ID : 7C2V3124 [3888 x 2592]

Eastern Willet (Eastern)
 
 
Location: Goose Island State Park, TX
GPS: 28.1N, -96.9W, elev=-1' MAP
Date: February 1, 2009
ID : 7C2V4131 [3888 x 2592]

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Eastern Willet (Eastern)
 
 
Location: Goose Island State Park, TX
GPS: 28.1N, -96.9W, elev=-1' MAP
Date: February 1, 2009
ID : 7C2V4398 [3888 x 2592]

Eastern Willet (Eastern)
 
 
Location: Rockport, TX
GPS: 28.0N, -97.0W, elev=0' MAP
Date: February 1, 2009
ID : 7C2V4407 [3888 x 2592]

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Willet Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: February 20, 2008
ID : 4155 [3888 x 2592]

Willet Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: January 2, 2008
ID : 1801 [3888 x 2592]

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Willet Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: July 14, 2007
ID : ? [3888 x 2592]

Willet Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: July 22, 2007
ID : ? [3888 x 2592]

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Willet Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: August 25, 2007
ID : ? [3888 x 2592]

Willet Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: September 13, 2007
ID : ? [3888 x 2592]

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Willet Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Huntington Beach (Bolsa Chica Lagoon), CA
GPS: 33.7N, -118.1W, elev=27' MAP
Date: August 18, 2007
ID : ? [3888 x 2592]

Willet Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: September 28, 2007
ID : 2650 [3888 x 2592]

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SPECIES INFO

The Willet, Tringa semipalmata (formerly Catoptrophorus semipalmatus: Pereira & Baker, 2005; Banks et al., 2006), is a large shorebird in the sandpiper family. It is a well-sized and stout scolopacid, the largest of the shanks. 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.

Adults have gray legs and a long, straight, dark and stout bill. The body is dark gray above and light underneath. The tail is white with a dark band at the end. The distinctive black and white pattern of the wings is a common sight along many North American coastal beaches.

Two subspecies (which may well be different species[citation needed]) have very different breeding habitats and ranges. The Eastern Willet breeds in coastal saltmarshes from Nova Scotia to Mexico and the Caribbean. It winters on the Atlantic coast of South America. The Western Willet breeds in freshwater prairie marshes in western North America. It winters on both coasts, from the mid-Atlantic states south to at least Brazil on the Atlantic, and from Oregon south to Peru on the Pacific.

Willets nest on the ground, usually in well-hidden locations in short grass, often in colonies. These birds forage on mudflats or in shallow water, probing or picking up food by sight. They mainly eat insects, crustaceans and marine worms, but also eat some plant material.

The willet's population declined sharply due to hunting in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Their population has since increased, but they are still considered at risk, especially in light of continued habitat loss.



                                     



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