Greater Yellowlegs and its distorted reflection

Greater Yellowlegs and distorted reflectionGreater Yellowlegs and distorted reflection – Nikon D300, f7.1, 1/640, ISO 640, +1.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

Yesterday I photographed two Greater Yellowlegs at Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area, there was snow on the ground and all around Farmington Bay the snow was falling heavily. It might seem odd to see shorebirds as winter begins to grip the Salt Lake Valley but there are still some shorebirds that are migrating through Utah to their warmer wintering grounds further south, I have seen Greater Yellowlegs at Farmington Bay until the end of December. I also had fun photographing several Wilson’s Snipe, a few sparrows and lots of American Pipits. For the first time in a long time I even filled my memory card.

The light wasn’t terrific at first yesterday morning but the clouds did dissipate later on. This image was taken when the light wasn’t the best and I will post more photos taken of this Greater Yellowlegs in better light another time.

I wanted to share this Greater Yellowlegs image today because I enjoy the weird looking, distorted reflection caused by the shorebird wading through the shallow water as it foraged. I think the reflection adds visual interest that might not be there if the reflection wasn’t distorted.


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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. Is it really its reflection? HeeHee! The beautiful and the ugly; the sweet and the mean; the happy, the unhappy, the good and the evil!

    Not really, just having a little fun!

    Beautiful photo!!

  2. hi mia
    is a nice shot, with a nice reflection, like if the bird is thinking to himself lol
    thanks for this picture
    see you soon ☺

  3. An almost surreal effect – the Greater Yellowlegs and its reflection appear to be intently watching each other. Thank you – again.

  4. I too believe the distorted reflection enhances the photo. Terrific work, Mia! Beautiful bird.

  5. That’s a terrific reflection shot!

  6. I agree that the image works with the distorted reflection. It adds a sort of ethereal quality you wouldn’t get with a smooth surface.
    Their subtle plumage is just so pretty!

  7. Greater Yellowlegs, but it’s hard to tell, lol.

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