Layers of Blue – Semipalmated Plover

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Semipalmated PloverSemipalmated Plover – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/640, ISO 160, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light

I like the ribbons of different shades of blue in this image and even though the Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus) is small in the frame it stands out well from its habitat.

This is an adult Semipalmated Plover who was about to go into non-breeding plumage, photographed while laying flat on the very wet sand along the Gulf of Mexico in Florida.


  1. Julie Brown August 11, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    The bird does stand out nicely against the blue background! I like the layers too.

    • Mia McPherson August 15, 2012 at 3:54 am

      Thank you Julie, those layers of blue sure were lovely.

  2. M. Firpi August 10, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    I like all these subtle layers of blue and little character.

  3. Elijah Goodwin August 10, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Great comp Mia. Very well done!

    • Mia McPherson August 10, 2012 at 7:45 pm

      Thank you Elijah, the ribbons of blues made this comp easy for me to select.

  4. Carol Mattingly August 10, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    I like his reflection in the water. Carol

    • Mia McPherson August 10, 2012 at 7:44 pm

      Thanks so much for commenting Carol.

  5. Merrill Ann Gonzales August 10, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    When I draw water birds, I often love to let the lines of the bird flow out into the wonderful patterns water makes. Although I am confined to black and white, I see you also enjoy the way the image “plays” with the color and images water makes. A bit of poetry here in your photo.

    • Mia McPherson August 10, 2012 at 7:44 pm

      Thank you Merrill. I like the thought of a bit of poetry in this image.

  6. Tami Vogel August 10, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Gorgeous! Well worth the wet sand, eh? 🙂

    • Mia McPherson August 10, 2012 at 7:42 pm

      Very much worth the wet sand Tami, thank you for commenting.

  7. Laurence Butler August 10, 2012 at 7:07 am

    Lovely Mia, he looks right at home.

  8. Dan Huber August 10, 2012 at 5:29 am

    I love this look too Mia, well done, and cute little bird.

    • Mia McPherson August 10, 2012 at 7:40 pm

      Thank you Dan, they are wonderful subjects!

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