Up Close & Personal … The Marbled Godwit

California Road trip, Left Coast Travel, Nature, North America, Photography, Up Close & Personal ...

Whenever visit Sonoma County, California, I stop by Bodega Head and Doran Beach.
Most visits I’ll go there several times. The beaches there are simply spectacular!
And rarely crowded.

During my last visit, as I was driving along Westshore Road toward the town of Bodega Bay,
I spotted several marbled godwits probing the mudflats during low tide.

These shore birds are fairly common along the Pacific coast.

They are about 18 inches tall and have a long, slightly up-curved bill with a pink base.

Their feathers are brownish with black mottling.

Their breasts and bellies are of a paler brown and beige color.

They eat crustaceans, seagrass and insects.

During high tide they roost in nearby dunes.

This one looks like he’s out for a Sunday stroll!

Several dozen marbled godwits were hanging out at Doran Beach when I went for a walk there.

Whenever a someone with a dog came near them, the entire flock took to the sky.

Once the danger passed, they’d return one by one …
… until another dog  came by.

These photos were taken in 2019 along Westshore Road and Doran Beach in Sonoma County.

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My passions in life are vegetarian cooking, gardening, photography, writing, good books, traveling and nature. Thanks for stopping by, Sabine

7 thoughts on “Up Close & Personal … The Marbled Godwit”

  1. I am amazed at their long bills and look at them stirring up the mud to get food. They look like their bills are much longer than their entire body, so surely they would not sleep with their heads tucked under their wings – ouch! Beautiful images Sabine – you were lucky to see so many of them. (That darn dog!)

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