May 9 2022
male, adult
Point Pelee National Park - The only reason I can say this was a male is because the female was on the nest nearby. We watched the bird doing its 'dance' as it probed the mud for worms. This shot is uncropped. The bird was very close to a trail and remained within seven metres two days straight. The food must have been good there but also he was not far from the nest to offer assistance if required.
Jun 4

3 Replies to “American Woodcock”

  1. What made this especially challenging was the horsetails that were inches outside the frame. I waited two days for the bird to choose the only narrow vegetation ‘window’ I could find and it finally did. Otherwise the long stems would have been in front of the bird and spoiled the shot.

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