Piping Plover on the shore of the Gulf of Mexico – 900th Post

Piping Plover on the shore of the Gulf of MexicoPiping Plover on the shore of the Gulf of Mexico – Nikon D200, handheld, f5.6, 1/2000, ISO 320, Nikkor 80-400mm at 400mm, natural light

Shorebirds; like this tiny Piping Plover I photographed on the shore of the Gulf of Mexico, are the primary reason I became addicted to bird photography. Addicted enough that this is my 900th post on my blog which is primarily about birds and bird photography. I can’t resist them.

I’ve always loved birds and from the time I was a small child I was fascinated by them,  from the common American Robin to the majestic birds of prey, they drew me in. For me they were and are all visual delights and my bird photography has brought me closer to them both physically and emotionally. It is amazing to have a tiny shorebird like this plover walk up within 5 feet of where I laid in the sand.

No matter how crazy life can be when I have birds in my viewfinder I can relax and focus entirely on them and the beauty of the natural world.


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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. Congrats Mia; what a clear, sharp shot; I’ve heard these are so tiny! In Spanish they’re called “Playero melodico” , it is considered a winter visitor in P.R..

  2. Hi! Your photo’s and you are so very,very wonderful! Keep up your great work

  3. Mia, anyone who has viewed your photographs understands your addiction. 900 posts. Congratulations!

  4. 900! Wow! Congratulations, Mia. The colours,tones and reflections of this bird in this photo are beautiful. My mother was a birding enthusiast and I caught it from her – it has enriched my life.

  5. Such a gorgeous bird and photo!

  6. Merrill Ann Gonzales

    There are so many life lessons to learn watching birds… And to see the way they approach the changes in their lives can often set our own minds in a better direction. To see a bird in flight seems to reaffirm in is that at some stage of our biology we either could have flown or that we are going to at some point in the future. I remember as a child I was sure I could fly… and I think it came as a result of identifying so completely with birds. They have been a passion of mine too… and the desire to draw/paint them in order to understand them more fully has always been a rewarding exploration for me.
    So when I found your marvelous photos I hope you know you have brought a great deal of joy to me in that I never would ever have had such a great opportunity to study them so closely without them. Not only can I see things like feathering and body structure but you always seem to capture the “personality” of the bird in your photos… You capture the way a bird fits in its environment.
    In gratitude, Merrill

  7. Thank you for sharing – and spreading you avian obsession. Mia the pusher….

  8. I’ve always liked animals but became addicted to bird watching when I began helping with the Bird-shows at Hogle Zoo. Congratulations on 900 posts and keep up the good work.

  9. cute portrait, and in extra, there a nice reflection too, nicely done mia
    have a good week end too =))

  10. 900 post shows the same perseverance that allows you to come up with such extraordinary photography – congratulations Mia!

  11. i could become addicted to these delightful little birds, photography aside!

  12. Congrats on your 900th post, and what about the Plover……………..genius.

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