Red Knot in early morning light

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Red Knot in nonbreeding plumageRed Knot in nonbreeding plumage – Nikon D200, handheld, f5.6, 1/640, ISO 320, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light

A simple image of a Red Knot taken in Florida in early morning light. Morning has been; and is, my favorite time of day to photograph birds and other wildlife because the rising sun can add drama and a warm glow to whatever subject I am photographing. I was laying on the wet shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico when I photographed this Red Knot in nonbreeding plumage.

Red Knots are a species on the edge of extinction, their numbers are rapidly declining and collectively we need to do everything we can to ensure the survival of these shorebirds.

Mia

8 Comments

  1. Bryce Robinson December 18, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    What an incredible bird. Well done Mia.

    • Mia McPherson December 23, 2012 at 4:36 pm

      Thanks Bryce, they are incredible birds especially the length of their yearly migrations.

  2. Dan Huber December 18, 2012 at 4:13 am

    Great shot. I love the light first thing, gives a nice look to the birds.

  3. Sherry in MT December 17, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Morning is my favorite time to photograph as well but sometimes evening is the only time I get. Great when the subject (or you) is in the right spot. I love this shot and the glow on it. Thank you for sharing the information on the Red Knot and their plight as a species.

    • Mia McPherson December 18, 2012 at 10:05 am

      Thank you for taking the time to read about how Red Knots are endangered as a species Sherry. The decline in this species is frightening. I love to photograph in the evening too but mornings are so wonderful!

  4. Bob Bushell December 17, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Beautiful Red Knot, straightening itself.

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