The beds at Village Creek are drying up fast. There are more shorebirds feed and conjugate on one area, particularly the much-tame Wilson’s Phalarope and that allows me to practice my beloved Bird in flight in close distance. Just how close of a distance we’re talking about? This is full frame on bare 500mm 1.3 crop sensor camera, my guess is about 12-15 feet from the subject. It’s tack sharp.
The is the breeding male version of Wilson’s Phalarope, it’s rather dull compare to larger and more colorful female in mating plumage. The legs are black and nape of the neck appears in light rusty wash. That’s about the most distinct appearance of the male Wilson’s Phalarope comparison from winter.