Semipalmated Plover – small in frame with layers of color

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

This photo of a Semipalmated Plover on the shore of the Gulf was purposely photographed so that the plover would be small in the frame, a photographic style that I like and appreciate. It not only showcases my subject but the habitat that the plover can be found in.

When the image was created I loved the wet, glassy appearance of the foreground sand and the reflection of the plover. I was laying flat on my stomach in the wet sand with my lens just barely above the water  and wet sand to achieve a very low angle.

For me this image isn’t only about the plover, it is also about the mirror-like quality of the foreground and the layers of color in the background created by incoming waves.


This image was created in September of 2008

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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. Your efforts were rewarded with the way this image turned out, and the cropping and composition wonderful.

  2. Such a glorious zen moment. Thank you.

  3. Absolutely lovely … a wonderfully cooling and refreshing image on a hot day like today!!!

  4. The calmness and serenity this capture is just what I needed. Things are a bit turbulent right now. I love this image for the same reasons you state and how the small horizontal ripples emphasize the peacefulness of the image…

  5. Jane Chesebrough

    I do like this Plover and the subtle hues of the fore and backgrounds.Very pretty.

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