Red Knot in early morning light

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.


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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. What an incredible bird. Well done Mia.

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

  3. 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.

    • 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. Beautiful Red Knot, straightening itself.

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