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More Hudsonian Godwit

After viewing and photographing the Hudsonian Godwit at Reifel recently, it was not seen for a couple of days. Then on May 7th it returned,

Hudsonian Godwit
Hudsonian Godwit

… and I managed this flight shot of it in with some Dunlin.

This afternoon after walking some of the inner trails I headed out to the west field. Initially there were no shore birds in sight,

Hudsonian Godwit
Hudsonian Godwit

… but then all on its own was the Hudsonian Godwit. Once again providing good viewing and photo opportunities. Hopefully it sticks around a little longer for those that have not had a chance to see it.

Hudsonian Godwit

While I had intended to look for and watch something else when I headed out this afternoon, plans changed when I arrived at Reifel. A Hudsonian Godwit had been sighted in the west field.

Hudsonian Godwit
Hudsonian Godwit

When I located it this afternoon it was at the south end of the west field loosely associating with some dowitchers.

Hudsonian Godwit
Hudsonian Godwit

While it did not get as close as I would have liked,

Hudsonian Godwit
Hudsonian Godwit

… it did provide a few good photo opportunities.

Hudsonian Godwit
Hudsonian Godwit

It has been a few years since my last Hudsonian Godwit photos, so I did not mind the change of plans.

Greater White-fronted Goose

Newly arrived goslings were keeping visitors at Reifel entertained this afternoon. At first there was not much of note and then along the north dyke I saw my first Purple Martin of the year at the sanctuary. In the west field there were also some Cinnamon Teal, but too far off for photos.

Greater White-fronted Goose
Greater White-fronted Goose

The highlight of day was a small flock of Greater White-fronted Geese.

Greater White-fronted Goose
Greater White-fronted Goose

They were in the centre display ponds and provided great viewing and photo opportunities.

Greater White-fronted Goose
Greater White-fronted Goose

Compared to most chances I have had, it was a pleasant change of pace being this close for Greater White-fronted Goose pictures.