Snowy Plover on a late September morningSnowy Plover on a late September morning – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/2000, ISO 250, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light

I photographed this Snowy Plover one September morning in Florida and it was actually cool that day… for Florida. Most of the smaller shorebirds were resting or standing on the sand gathering warmth from the rising sun so I was able to slowly sand crawl up to them with my camera firmly glued to my face. Okay, not glued but I didn’t move my viewfinder from my eye often.

Western Snowy Plover populations are in trouble and declining, eastern populations are more stable. Let’s face it though, the fact is both populations are in trouble because of habitat destruction and human impacts. Most birds are.