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 photographing birds. My approach is to photograph the birds without disturbing their natural behavior. I don't bait, use set ups or call them in. I use Nikon gear and has multiple camera bodies and lenses.


  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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