Walking along the shore in winter, we would often come upon Willets, either singly or in small groups. After a bout of feeding in the tidal surge, they would then walk a little further up the beach to rest and preen. I found that this was the best time to slowly approach them and due to the familiarity with other beach walkers like myself, they would usually just move a little then go back to what they were doing before. Often I could get quite close to them and sitting quietly, could do any number of studies. For this bird, I loved the way it was back-lit and with its bill tucked into its back feathers, made for a slightly different composition. Size is 15 x 11 inches, watercolor on Arches paper.