The Marbled Godwit: An essay in photos

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I must begin this with a quick, simple explanations of the birds “interesting” name. It has nothing to do with religion, and everything to do with Olde English. God meaning “good”, and wit or withe meaning “creature”. So the Marbled Godwit is simple a “marbled, good creature.” I am running a bit short on time this morning, so enjoy the photos of these godwits (of which I have many, many more)

The Marbled Godwit is a shorebird or wader

Probing with its long upturned bill for tasty tidbits

A sophisticated bird

Silhouetted godwits. You can tell by the beaks

About Galen Leeds Photography

Nature and wildlife photographer, exploring the world on his feet and from his kayak. Among other genres, he is one of the leading kayak photographers in Northern California. To learn more about him, visit him on his website-
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16 Responses to The Marbled Godwit: An essay in photos

  1. Gorgeous photos, Galen. Not sure of my favorite, as they are all so good, but I especially like the last photo with the colors and the birds in silhouette; it shows their shapes perfectly. Thanks for sharing these! :)

    • I almost forgot to add the last one, as I was mostly posting more recent photos I’ve taken of Godwits, when I almost slapped my forehead, as I remembered this silhouetted image I had taken of them. (It’s one of my own favorites, so I should have thought of it sooner.) So happy that you enjoyed the photos!

  2. animalartist says:

    What a joy they must have been to photograph. I especially like the last one.

  3. Wonderful photos, Galen! I am not familiar with this bird. The bill is certainly distinctive. You captured the beauty of the feathers so nicely in the action photos!

  4. Cee Neuner says:

    WOW!! Gorgeous captures!

  5. Victor Ho says:

    The bird in flight is technically a difficult shot for me. The lighting is so good.

    • Birds in flight are tricky for me too. Especially composition, and keeping the image crisp. I often end up with several unusable images when I try taking photos of birds on the wing. It is usually the easiest when they are flying towards you or away, versus flying by

  6. mike585 says:

    Nice set, Galen.

  7. Danica says:

    My favourites are the feeding one with the reflection, and the last one with the silhouettes (then again, I have a soft spot for silhouettes LOL).

  8. Maggie L R says:

    I am so glad I have come across your blog. Your photography is awesome, I am having a wonderful time going through your photos.

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