Willets Awake and Not

Lit by the morning sun, this Willet (Tringa semipalmata) posed like a model, legs artfully crossed, head turned to show left-side profile, feathers beautifully arranged on its back.

Meanwhile, just a few hundred yards up the same east shore of the park, two of its ilk kept their beaks tucked into their feathers and gave every appearance of being fast asleep. They seem to be able to sleep with one eye cracked slightly open.

And here’s another, just a bit further north on the same coast. This one has its eye completely shut.

Birds, like people, have individual inner clocks. Some are early risers, like the one at the top. Others, not so much.

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