Hudsonian godwits (Limosa haemastica) are not seen all that often in New York because they breed in remote areas in the Arctic and winter in South America. So when I was told the long-billed, long-legged visitor to Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge was a Hudsonian godwit, I was so excited to film it. The upturned bill on the bird and the bit of red on the face distinguished this visitor for the multiple yellowlegs on the East Pond the two days I say it, October 7 and 11, 2017.

  Hudsonian godwit, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, October 11, 2017

Hudsonian godwit, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, October 11, 2017

The Hudsonian godwit probes for insects with that long bill along shorelines and mudflats. The one filmed for the Filming the Feathers video was very active, and very fast! I set the video to music by Mozart arranged for recorders (performed by Papalin).

All the photos here were taken on October 11, 2017.

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