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Yellowlegs

DSC_4619This pair of Lesser Yellowlegs was spotted on Sunday afternoon here at the largest rainfall retention basin.  That pond is about half-full and still has enough food to support large visiting birds.  I have frequently seen egrets there.  These beautiful shorebirds were fishing for tadpoles or larger insects.  That is about the only kinds of food that would be available in this body of water.

I was quite surprised to see the Yellowlegs paddle around the pond in the same manner that ducks would.  I had previously assumed that the birds would wade by walking.  So, I learned something new.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Comments on: "Yellowlegs" (6)

  1. well, that’s new to me, too!

  2. I have only seen the Yellowlegs walking around. I guess there is no reason why they can not float.. like a duck! Great shots! Enjoy your new week ahead!

    • Hi Eileen, Paddling around was the big shock to me. But as you said, there is no reason why these birds could not float. Probably easier than taking to the air. Have an excellent day tomorrow and thanks for all your great comments!

  3. Pretty cool that you caught them swimming!

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