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.