Black-bellied Plover on a tidal mudflatBlack-bellied Plover on a tidal mudflat – Nikon D200, handheld, f8, 1/250, ISO 200, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light

I love the light and the mudflat setting I photographed this Black-bellied Plover in on a warm April morning in Florida several years ago. There are probably some photographers who might disagree with me about the aesthetics of the muddy setting but I think this image shows the plover in its natural habitat and that is what I strive for with my bird photography.

Mud isn’t ugly but perhaps it is only our perception of it that is.