Semipalmated Plover on the shore of the Gulf of MexicoSemipalmated Plover on the shore of the Gulf of Mexico – Nikon D200, f6.3, 1/640, ISO 160, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light

I do love shorebirds and right now there are only a few left in Utah but in Florida there are plenty at this time of the year. I photographed this Semipalmated Plover as it foraged along the Gulf of Mexico in Florida in 2008 while I laid flat on the wet sand getting soaked as the waves pushed onto the shore around the sand bar in the distance. When the shallow waves wash over the wet sand they have an almost mirror-like effect for creating wonderful reflections.

I just gotta love those shorebirds, they were the spark birds that got me into bird photography!