Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Willet

Willets breed in grasslands in the upper Great Plains, in marshes along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, and in the Bahamas. Willets winter along both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts south through northern South America. I have written about Willet races in a previous blog post. We found the Willets in these photos in Rockport, Texas, last March.

Willets and other birds often stand on one leg. This habit enables birds to conserve heat and energy. By standing this way, a bird cuts heat loss by at least half. Furthermore, standing on one leg is energetically efficient. By placing a foot directly underneath its center of gravity, a bird reduces lateral forces and can more easily balance.

Read more here: http://www.islandpacket.com/2013/11/24/2812602_neither-injured-nor-deformed-why.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

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