Foraging Marbled Godwit

I must admit I have a fondness for shorebirds, their beauty is a big part of why I became (am) addicted to bird photography.

Foraging Marbled GodwitForaging Marbled Godwit – Nikon D200, handheld, f7.1, 1/750, ISO 200, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light

I love how peaceful this image is with the Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa) paying absolutely no attention to me as I sat very still in the warm waters of a tidal lagoon photographing it. I felt as though I had been personally invited to enjoy the scene before me. It felt intimate and enchanting.



  1. Julie Brown June 17, 2012 at 8:59 am

    The scene is very peaceful. I like the light and detail as well. I think I need to go to Florida every year, because the birds are so much more cooperative!

    • Mia McPherson June 19, 2012 at 2:50 pm

      Julie, going to Florida every year would be delightful. Thank you.

  2. Linda Rockwell June 16, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    This is so lovely Mia! I don’t see shorebirds are that often, and I’m often struck by the peacefulness and serenity of shorebird photos. Love the composition, the light, everything about the photo. 🙂

    • Mia McPherson June 19, 2012 at 2:43 pm

      Thanks Linda. I find photographing shorebirds to be very peaceful and always hope that comes through in my images.

  3. Amila June 16, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Truly stunning image!

  4. Tammy Karr June 16, 2012 at 5:13 am

    Beautiful capture Mia!

  5. Laurence Butler June 15, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    Beautiful Mia. There should be an ice cream flavor inspired by this bird’s plumage.

    • Mia McPherson June 19, 2012 at 2:35 pm

      Laurence, I see butterscotch, caramel and chocolate colors in the plumage. Yeah, and ice cream flavor called Marbled Godwit would be awesome, I bet birders would love it!

  6. Syl June 15, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    I agree, your photo is one of quiet beauty..I love the shore birds and all the ducks, geese and swans. Great jot..anxious to see your photos from Montana..Have a great week end..

    • Mia McPherson June 19, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      Thank you Syl, I love to convey quiet moments with my subjects.

  7. Robert Mortensen (@Birding_Is_Fun) June 15, 2012 at 9:38 am

    That sense of being “personally invited” to enjoy the bird scene before us is very really and I have felt it on a number of occasions. Thanks for sharing your awesome talents Mia!

    • Mia McPherson June 19, 2012 at 2:28 pm

      Thank you Robert, its that feeling of having been personally invited into a bird’s world awesome?

  8. Carol Mattingly June 15, 2012 at 6:48 am

    There’s that beautiful light I’ve come to know and love about your bird images. The bird is so beautiful and looks so serene. Carol

    • Mia McPherson June 19, 2012 at 2:27 pm

      Thank you Carol, the morning I took that image felt very serene to me too.

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