Red Knot in early morning light

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Red Knot in nonbreeding plumageRed Knot in nonbreeding plumage – Nikon D200, handheld, f5.6, 1/640, ISO 320, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light

A simple image of a Red Knot taken in Florida in early morning light. Morning has been; and is, my favorite time of day to photograph birds and other wildlife because the rising sun can add drama and a warm glow to whatever subject I am photographing. I was laying on the wet shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico when I photographed this Red Knot in nonbreeding plumage.

Red Knots are a species on the edge of extinction, their numbers are rapidly declining and collectively we need to do everything we can to ensure the survival of these shorebirds.



  1. Bryce Robinson December 18, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    What an incredible bird. Well done Mia.

    • Mia McPherson December 23, 2012 at 4:36 pm

      Thanks Bryce, they are incredible birds especially the length of their yearly migrations.

  2. Dan Huber December 18, 2012 at 4:13 am

    Great shot. I love the light first thing, gives a nice look to the birds.

  3. Sherry in MT December 17, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Morning is my favorite time to photograph as well but sometimes evening is the only time I get. Great when the subject (or you) is in the right spot. I love this shot and the glow on it. Thank you for sharing the information on the Red Knot and their plight as a species.

    • Mia McPherson December 18, 2012 at 10:05 am

      Thank you for taking the time to read about how Red Knots are endangered as a species Sherry. The decline in this species is frightening. I love to photograph in the evening too but mornings are so wonderful!

  4. Bob Bushell December 17, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Beautiful Red Knot, straightening itself.

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