Marbled Godwit with its shadow

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I have a fondness for Marbled Gowdwits (Limosa fedoa) because of thier pink and black bills and plumage patterns. They also look very elegant walking, standing, feeding and in flight.

Marbled Godwit and shadowMarbled Godwit and shadow – Nikon D200, handheld, f7.1, 1/800, ISO 200, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light

This Marbled Godwit had been feeding on the mudflats of a tidal lagoon at Fort De Soto’s north beach, I like that I was able to get a nice catchlight, a drop of water on the tip of the bill and the shorebird’s shadow.

The coloring of Marbled Godwits make me think of cinnamon, dark chocolate, butterscotch, caramel, Irish Cream and Kahlua.

*I am away for a few days, please feel free to share this post with your friends and family. I’ll catch up on everyone’s great blogs when I get back!



  1. Susan July 22, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    A wonderful photo of a lovely bird:)

  2. Nicole MacP July 22, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Love it, you’ve captured all those beautiful colors…

    • Mia McPherson July 27, 2012 at 5:47 pm

      Thank you Nicole, their colors are yummy!

  3. Stu July 22, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Nice Shot Mia.. he seems to be outfitted with sturdier legs..

    • Mia McPherson July 27, 2012 at 5:45 pm

      The Godwit probably had sturdier legs than I did when I photographed it, I had been kneeling for a long time and had lost feeling below my knees! Thanks Stu.

  4. Hilke Breder July 22, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Beautiful image, Mia! I wonder whether the drop hanging off the tip of the beak is salt water excreted from the nasal salt gland. I have several shots of seabirds with a drop at the tip of their beak.

    • Mia McPherson July 27, 2012 at 5:43 pm

      Hilke, I have photos of herons & egrets where the salt water is being excreted from the nasal salt glands too, the first time I saw it I was fascinated! Thanks so much for your comment.

  5. Prairie Birder July 22, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Terrific photo, Mia, I love the shadow!

    • Mia McPherson July 27, 2012 at 5:41 pm

      Thank you PrairieBirder!

  6. Dan Huber July 22, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Very nice portrait of an impressive bird.

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