Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Greater Yellowlegs/Wild Bird

 Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)

On a stopover on its way south from the Arctic, this Greater Yellowlegs waded back and forth through the shallow water of a small pond. Graceful? Not very.  The Yellowlegs ran jerkily a few steps, then stopped, ran a few more steps, stopped and turned around. Repeat. It was hunting small aquatic invertebrates but would also have been delighted to find a small fish or frog.

Another view

Yellowlegs - both the Lesser and the Greater - are fairly common here during their migration north and south. A few Greater Yellowlegs may linger here well into autumn as long as they can still find  food.
I am joining Stewart M's Wild Bird Wednesday HERE

36 comments:

Our photos said...

Beautiful photo from the bird!
Greetings, RW & SK

Revrunner said...

Lovely. I don't think I've ever seen one in the wild.

Mo said...

Super images

Kate said...

The photos make the bird look quite graceful...do photos lie then :>) ??

Jacquelineand.... said...

It reminds me of a gawky teen trying desperately to be cool.

see you there! said...

Great description of the ungraceful prancing back and forth. A beautiful bird when still tho.

Darla

see you there! said...

Great description of the ungraceful prancing back and forth. A beautiful bird when still tho.

Darla

Daniel LaFrance said...

Greater and Lessor... not sure I understand the difference between the two.

The photo's are splendid!

Sandra said...

i can see every single one of his beautiful polkadots..

TexWisGirl said...

i love when i get to see them here in texas, too!

Small City Scenes said...

You seem to always get these gorgeous pictures of birds. You must be very patient. I seem to always be in a hurry.
Love the collage with Hummingbird in the previous post. Ya do good!! MB

Nancy said...

Beautiful shots....

Halcyon said...

What a pretty little fellow!

ladyfi said...

Just gorgeous!

Margaret Adamson said...

Fantastic shots.

Karen said...

Great shots EG, love the reflections!

Gary Phillips said...

Nice find!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Neil said...

Beautiful photos.

eileeninmd said...

Cute shots of the Yellowlegs. Thanks for sharing, have a happy day!

LONDONLULU said...

That beautiful golden color is so fetching! Even if the bird's a bit ungainly:)

Judy said...

You can see every detail of him..Beautiful!

Lisa Gordon said...

What a magnificent creature, and I love the reflection!

Randy said...

Nice reflection.

Stephanie said...

Beautiful shot of this bird with his reflection.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Lovely captures EG, he may not be graceful but his reflections definitely are :)

Stewart M said...

Graceful or not, it a good looking bird!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Digi-Irma said...

Beautiful pictures of these birds.
Very well photographed, compliments.
Greetings Irma

CabinGirl said...

Love the lighting in these. I always thought "greater" was so misleading - they're such a dainty bird and your images show its beautiful markings so well.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Beautiful shots with nice reflections.

Gemma Wiseman said...

Such a tightly speckled pattern on this fascinating bird.

Wally Jones said...

Nice shots!

We're starting to see small flocks of Yellowlegs in migration here in Florida.

edenhills said...

I bet they're a lot of fun to watch!

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Wonderful photos! I like the reflection.

thewovenspoke said...

I like the lines of the bird, not graceful but simple.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

You did a wonderful job capturing these delightful images. Very nice!
Sorry for my tardiness. Monday my bad knee gave way to a full Medial Meniscus tear and I am having Arthroscope done to help ease pain this Tuesday...doing life ;)

Rose said...

He may not be graceful, but he sure is pretty!

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