A few bird images from warmer and sunnier days

Scratching Snowy EgretScratching Snowy Egret – Nikon D200, handheld, f5.6, 1/250, ISO 400, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 200mm

I love winter, I love seeing snow on the mountains and feeling the crispness in the air but I am getting tired of gray cloudy days and heavy fog so I thought I would post a few images from warmer and sunnier days that I took while I lived in Florida.

It wasn’t exactly sunny when I photographed the Snowy Egret scratching its neck above but it certainly was warmer.

White Ibis feeding in the Gulf of MexicoWhite Ibis feeding in the Gulf of Mexico Nikon D200, handheld, f8, 1/800, ISO 250, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 300mm, natural light

It was quite warm when I photographed this adult White Ibis as it hunted and fed in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico on a sunny August day in 2008. Temps were probably in the high 90’s with humidity levels of about the same.

Brown Pelican in flightBrown Pelican in flight – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/800, ISO 200, Nikkor 70-300mm VR at 300mm, natural light

I took the Brown Pelican in flight image not long after I had gotten my Nikon D200 and I was learning about the camera. Unfortunately I clipped just the top of the pelican’s wingtip at the top of the frame so when I cropped the image I removed just the wingtips at the lower edge of the frame to balance out the composition. I’m still not sure I like that but I do love the direct eye contact I got from the pelican and the fluffy clouds in the background.

Black Skimmer on a hazy dayBlack Skimmer on a hazy day Nikon D200, handheld, f7.1, 1/750, ISO 200, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light

It was a hazy day when I photographed this Black Skimmer adult in breeding plumage, the wind was blowing and the temps were fairly high. I remember the warmth and texture of the sugar sand I was laying on and being grateful for the wind to help cool me off while I took images of this Skimmer calling.

I’m not exactly wishing winter would go away because winter here in Utah will last a bit longer but when I edit images from warmer days I realize it won’t be long until spring has sprung.


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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. Love these images, so tired of cold and snow, can’t wait for spring:)

  2. Six degrees today, with a bitter wind-so I am longing for the warmer days of spring myself. I went to Amelia Island during Christmas break and saw lots of Brown Pelicans flying by. Your shot looking up shows really nice feather detail on the breast, and good eye contact, as you mentioned. I also got somewhat closer to the skimmers than I had been, as they hunkered down against the cold winter wind. As I was trying to get some decent shots, I thought “now Mia would have lain in the wet sand or water to get low.” I seriously thought about it, but my old knees just won’t let me do that very easily.

  3. Excuse me, it’s called “Caribbean Biodiversity”.

  4. I love the skimmer and the snowy egret. Mia, my blog’s name changed to:The Caribbean Biodiversity Link. I’m Maria, the same one.

  5. gorgeous … and a joy to view!!!!

  6. They are beautiful, I love the birds of America, cheers Mia.

  7. I’m finding so many places I want to visit nearby but I MUST get to the Fort soon! It’s been an unusually warm January. Very conducive to getting out!
    Fantastic images! The Pelican appears to be giving you the eye.

  8. Ahhhh… Vacationing Vicariously with Mia! That’s the title I’ve given these warm-weather posts in my mind. :-) Love the neat shot of the skimmer – great look at its odd beak.

  9. The photos are very nice and warming, Mia.

  10. I think we all that going on right now. Missing the summer birds but not the weather:) I’m loving the cold temps and enjoying the fieldwork. All of our hummers are elsewhere. Yesterday I was with Kathie and we found the tree swallows and cormorants which are typically spring summer birds and it was exciting. I missed them and hadn’t realized it. Beautiful shots as always!

  11. That first shot makes me want to reach out and pet those fluffy feathers. No worries, winter is well on its way to spring!

  12. Look at those eyes in every shot, reflecting that nice weather!

  13. There’s the sun! Great images Mia. I feel warmer already : )

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