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Hudsonian Godwit Photos

Photography by Terry Sohl

My Favorite: I love both godwit species that are found in South Dakota. The Marbled is the bigger of the two, and the one that actually sticks around for the summer and breeds here. The Hudsonian Godwit is just a migrant. They can be confusing sometimes, as a female Hudsonian Godwit (or a male in winter plumage) can look similar to a Marbled Godwit when they're sitting still or wading and feeding. When they take flight, however, the beautiful black and white patterns on a Hudsonian Godwit are distinctive. My favorite photo of the species is a photo of one banking in flight, showing off that gorgeous plumage. Photo taken on April 23rd, 2020 at Lake Thompson, South Dakota.

Hudsonian Godwit - Limosa haemastica

Hudsonian Godwit 1 - Limosa haemastica  Hudsonian Godwit 2 - Limosa haemastica  Hudsonian Godwit 3 - Limosa haemastica  Hudsonian Godwit 4 - Limosa haemastica 

Hudsonian Godwit 1

May 12th, 2011
Lincoln County, South Dakota

Hudsonian Godwit 2

May 12th, 2011
Lincoln County, South Dakota

Hudsonian Godwit 3

May 10th, 2011
Near Wentworth, South Dakota

Hudsonian Godwit 4

May 10th, 2011
Near Wentworth, South Dakota

Hudsonian Godwit 5 - Limosa haemastica 

Hudsonian Godwit 6 - Limosa haemastica 

Hudsonian Godwit 7 - Limosa haemastica 

Hudsonian Godwit 8 - Limosa haemastica 

Hudsonian Godwit 5

May 10th, 2011
Near Wentworth, South Dakota

Hudsonian Godwit 6

May 10th, 2011
Near Wentworth, South Dakota

Hudsonian Godwit 7

May 12th, 2011
Lincoln County, South Dakota

Hudsonian Godwit 8

May 12th, 2011
Lincoln County, South Dakota

Hudsonian Godwit 9 - Limosa haemastica 

Hudsonian Godwit 10 - Limosa haemastica 

Hudsonian Godwit 11 - Limosa haemastica 

Hudsonian Godwit 12 - Limosa haemastica 

Hudsonian Godwit 9

May 12th, 2011
Lincoln County, South Dakota

Hudsonian Godwit 10

May 12th, 2011
Lincoln County, South Dakota

Hudsonian Godwit 11

May 12th, 2011
Lincoln County, South Dakota
 

Hudsonian Godwit 12

April 22nd, 2011
Lake County, South Dakota
 

Hudsonian Godwit 13 - Limosa haemastica 

Hudsonian Godwit 14 - Limosa haemastica 

Hudsonian Godwit 15 - Limosa haemastica 

Hudsonian Godwit 16 - Limosa haemastica 

Hudsonian Godwit 13

May 17th, 2013
Lake County, South Dakota
 

Hudsonian Godwit 14

May 17th, 2013
Lake County, South Dakota
 

Hudsonian Godwit 15

April 23rd, 2020
Lake Thompson, South Dakota
 

Hudsonian Godwit 16

April 23rd, 2020
Lake Thompson, South Dakota
  

Hudsonian Godwit 17 - Limosa haemastica 

Hudsonian Godwit 18 - Limosa haemastica 

Hudsonian Godwit 19 - Limosa haemastica 

Hudsonian Godwit 20 - Limosa haemastica 

Hudsonian Godwit 17

April 23rd, 2020
Lake Thompson, South Dakota
  

Hudsonian Godwit 18

April 23rd, 2020
Lake Thompson, South Dakota
 

Hudsonian Godwit 19

April 23rd, 2020
Lake Thompson, South Dakota
 

Hudsonian Godwit 20

April 19th, 2020
Minnehaha County, South Dakota
 
Hudsonian Godwit 21 - Limosa haemastica  Hudsonian Godwit 22 - Limosa haemastica  Hudsonian Godwit and Long-billed Dowitchers 1  Hudsonian Godwit 23 - Limosa haemastica 

Hudsonian Godwit 21

April 19th, 2020
Minnehaha County, South Dakota
 

Hudsonian Godwit 22

April 19th, 2020
Minnehaha County, South Dakota
 

Hudsonian Godwit and Long-billed Dowitchers 1

April 23rd, 2020
Western Minnehaha County, South Dakota
  

Hudsonian Godwit 23

April 23rd, 2020
Western Minnehaha County, South Dakota
 

Click here for the species description page for the Hudsonian Godwit.


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