Until recently I had no idea what a Willet was. Everything smaller than an Egret was a ‘piper’ to me. I really missed out not paying attention.
One thing that struck me was they had no fear of waves, or knew how to handle them. Consider their size, 17 inches, a small wave was like a tsunami to them.
Unlike a Plover or Piper that frantically runs back and forth following waves a Willet casually strolls along.
I found if a stood still at the waters edge a Willet would completely ignore me, walk past, and continue looking for treasures.