Willet in flight at first light

Willet in flight at first lightWillet in flight at first light – Nikon D200, handheld, f5.6, 1/320, ISO 250, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light

Early morning light is a delight and adds a nice mood to images like this one of a Willet in flight. I took this image at Fort De Soto’s north beach a few years ago, I could have bumped up my ISO to get more shutter speed to freeze the movement of the wings but I actually liked the motion blur in this frame and I definitely like the golden light.



  1. Mia McPherson April 13, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    My thanks to everyone for commenting on this post and the image!

  2. Susan March 28, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Just beautiful, I love the lighting

  3. Kathleen March 27, 2013 at 7:07 am

    Beautiful photo! My inadvertent, and sometimes intentional motion photos never turn out so well.

  4. Prairie Birder March 26, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Very beautiful photo, Mia!

  5. Kathie March 26, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Nice capture Mia! I love it when the light is just right!

  6. eric c11 March 26, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    very nice fligth,
    your speed 1/320 is very good to give a bit of move to the wing,
    nicely done mia

  7. Julie G. March 26, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Beautiful in-flight photograph! I really like the movement captured here.

  8. Wally March 26, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    The light really makes the photograph special. I have a bunch of Willet photos which appear to be gray birds against gray backgrounds. Very nice!

  9. Merrill Ann Gonzales March 26, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    What I love about this image is the way you caught the compact feature of the legs under the tail…. Neat stuff!

  10. Tami March 26, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Lovely colors, Mia. And I, too, like the blurred wing action – combined with the light it’s beautiful.

  11. Bob Bushell March 26, 2013 at 8:09 am

    A beautiful in flight Willet, love the action.

  12. Sherry in MT March 26, 2013 at 8:05 am

    The blur is perfect as the right things are in focus! As for coyotes, I think many of them are probably starting to den up for the upcoming pups.

  13. M. Firpi March 26, 2013 at 6:18 am

    Yes, this golden light is a blessing. Motion blur does add to the mood in flight.

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