Resting Marbled Godwit

Resting Marbled GodwitResting Marbled Godwit – Nikon D200, handheld, f7.1, 1/1000, ISO 200, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light

I was going through some of my older images and came across this one of a resting Marbled Godwit at Fort De Soto County Park, Florida and decided to post it today. This image brought back some lovely memories of sitting in warm tidal pool with bird surrounding me, the slight smell of salt in the Gulf breeze and the sounds of Laughing Gulls calling overhead. The Marbled Godwit was very relaxed in my presence which gave me a sense of belonging to the natural world.

Photographing birds; wherever I am, allows me to feel a deep and sometimes profound connection to nature. I wouldn’t have it any other way.


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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. Jane Chesebrough

    It is a wonderfully lit relaxed pose-probably reflecting the photographer-I can imagine that you thanked the bird for this moment.

  2. Fantastic photo. Love the lighting.

  3. Patty Chadwick

    That bird looks relaxed and content…makes me feel the same….

  4. Mia, you just described perfectly my outlook on birds, photography and life in general. And you provided a stunning visual aid to boot! Thank you for sharing what it’s all about!

  5. Beautiful image. Marvelous detail. When I arrive at a birding site like Fort De Soto, usually early in the morning, after a few stretches and listening to my joints pop for few minutes, I say to myself “it doesn’t matter if I get any good photos, just being here is special … and I need to enjoy communing with nature as often as possible while I am still healthy enough to do so.”

  6. Beautiful image. That connection to nature is vital for most and photography is a great way to do it, I agree. “This large, conspicuous sandpiper is remarkable for its pre-migration diet of aquatic plant tubers in the fall. ‘Marbled’ refers to the extensive speckled pattern of black and beige across the godwit’s upper parts” I read, and I hope to see one someday.

  7. Beautiful image, thank you for sharing with us :)

  8. Thank you for sharing the joy and the beauty. Again.

  9. Super capture Mia.

    Being at one with nature is the best feeling in the world.

  10. I love your description of the day you got this shot as much as I’m enjoying the image itself.

  11. That is just such a good image – silly, but I like the way you can just see bait of the birds other leg sticking down from under it.

    Very nice.

    Cheers – Stewart M – Melbourne

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