The Lesser Yellowlegs are on the way to their breeding grounds in Canada and Alaska. I shot lots of pictures of these members of the sandpiper family last Sunday. I'm happy that I was able to watch them because they will not stay here in Eastern Iowa too long.
The Lesser Yellowlegs were constantly in search for food in the shallow water and on the mud banks. I saw some of them even catching small fish. They take their prey with the thin bill and bob the front part of their bodies in a jerky fashion. This makes it quite difficult to get a clean shot because they hardly stop feeding or cleaning their bodies.