Sunset and a Roseate Spoonbill

Sunset and a Roseate SpoonbillSunset and a Roseate Spoonbill – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/500, ISO 250, Nikkor 80-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

Most of my time spent photographing birds at Fort De Soto County Park was in the early morning hours but the times I photographed in the evenings were just as magical. The light around sunrise and sunset is “sweet light” for bird photography and whenever possible I try to find birds in that light. The sun angle is low and the light on birds at sunset seems to make them glow.

The tide was rushing out of the tidal lagoon very quickly when I photographed this Roseate Spoonbill at the “Magic Hour” and the light on the Spoonbill and the Spartina behind it enchanted me. I hope that it enchants you too.


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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. Beautiful photo.

  2. Just beautiful :)

  3. I didn’t realize others used the term “sweet light”…it describes the light at that particular time of day (morning and afternoon) so well…enough light for crisp detail, but a soft, almost magical glow…no harsh shadows but enoughshadow to define colors and the detail of things well…That’s a wonderful image of an unusual but stately bird.

  4. Oh yes, I most definitely do feel (and see) the magic. And am a lover of dawn and dusk.

  5. Enchanting is the word for this image of a wader with an odd bill, which I’ve only seen at Utah’s Hogle Zoo. Natural setting and evening light wonderful!

  6. gorgeous!!! I’m endlessly fascinated by these guys!!! such a beautiful capture, Mia!!!

  7. I just love these beautiful birds. Great shot, Mia!

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