Tiptoeing Willet

Tiptoeing WilletTiptoeing Willet – Nikon D300, f11, 1/640, ISO 400, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

Normally I prefer to have my subjects larger in the frame than this image of a Willet tiptoeing on the surface of the Great Salt Lake as it landed. But I like this image even though my subject is small in the frame. A lot of the time this is a view that people without a long lens or binoculars gets to see yet this bird is easily recognizable as a Willet and we even get to see the flash of white of its wings.

This might not be everyone’s cup of tea but I find it pleasing all the same.


* Not too long after I publish this post I should be on the road, stay tuned for more stories and images!

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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. I like it because it actually does give more of a perspective on size and of course the reflection makes it even more amazing.

  2. I really like the wider perpective of this shot. And am chuckling at the sneakiness of the pose. A joy and a delight to see this morning. Thank you.

  3. I love the detail of close-ups but equally love seeing the environment or habitat of a bird.
    Sometimes the wider angle tells a lot about the bird and its lifestyle.
    Thanks, Mia.

  4. Amazing photo!

  5. Patty Chadwick

    I like the scope of this image because it’s more lie what I might see if I was there….this birds looks just about ready to pounce!

  6. I like it a lot – and the reflection too!

  7. It’s very pleasing! I like shots that show the environment as well as the close-ups.

  8. … and have a great road trip!!!! Looking forward to seeing all your great new images!!

  9. Loving that tip-toeing action!!!! Great capture!!!

  10. I find it pleasing too…well done.

  11. Carroll Tarvin

    I love it. The beginning of a ballet.

  12. You are too hard on yourself. I think it’s a great shot!

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