Layers of Blue – Semipalmated Plover

Semipalmated PloverSemipalmated Plover – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/640, ISO 160, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light

I like the ribbons of different shades of blue in this image and even though the Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus) is small in the frame it stands out well from its habitat.

This is an adult Semipalmated Plover who was about to go into non-breeding plumage, photographed while laying flat on the very wet sand along the Gulf of Mexico in Florida.

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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. The bird does stand out nicely against the blue background! I like the layers too.

  2. I like all these subtle layers of blue and little character.

  3. Great comp Mia. Very well done!

  4. I like his reflection in the water. Carol

  5. When I draw water birds, I often love to let the lines of the bird flow out into the wonderful patterns water makes. Although I am confined to black and white, I see you also enjoy the way the image “plays” with the color and images water makes. A bit of poetry here in your photo.

  6. Gorgeous! Well worth the wet sand, eh? :-)

  7. Lovely Mia, he looks right at home.

  8. I love this look too Mia, well done, and cute little bird.

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