Resting Marbled Godwit

Resting Marbled GodwitResting Marbled Godwit – Nikon D200, handheld, f7.1, 1/1000, ISO 200, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light

I was going through some of my older images and came across this one of a resting Marbled Godwit at Fort De Soto County Park, Florida and decided to post it today. This image brought back some lovely memories of sitting in warm tidal pool with bird surrounding me, the slight smell of salt in the Gulf breeze and the sounds of Laughing Gulls calling overhead. The Marbled Godwit was very relaxed in my presence which gave me a sense of belonging to the natural world.

Photographing birds; wherever I am, allows me to feel a deep and sometimes profound connection to nature. I wouldn’t have it any other way.



  1. Jane Chesebrough May 19, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    It is a wonderfully lit relaxed pose-probably reflecting the photographer-I can imagine that you thanked the bird for this moment.

    • Mia McPherson May 21, 2014 at 5:11 pm

      I did thank the bird Jane!

  2. Montanagirl May 18, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    Fantastic photo. Love the lighting.

  3. Patty Chadwick May 18, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    That bird looks relaxed and content…makes me feel the same….

  4. Wally May 18, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Mia, you just described perfectly my outlook on birds, photography and life in general. And you provided a stunning visual aid to boot! Thank you for sharing what it’s all about!

  5. Dave Sparks May 18, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Beautiful image. Marvelous detail. When I arrive at a birding site like Fort De Soto, usually early in the morning, after a few stretches and listening to my joints pop for few minutes, I say to myself “it doesn’t matter if I get any good photos, just being here is special … and I need to enjoy communing with nature as often as possible while I am still healthy enough to do so.”

  6. Utahbooklover May 18, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Beautiful image. That connection to nature is vital for most and photography is a great way to do it, I agree. “This large, conspicuous sandpiper is remarkable for its pre-migration diet of aquatic plant tubers in the fall. ‘Marbled’ refers to the extensive speckled pattern of black and beige across the godwit’s upper parts” I read, and I hope to see one someday.

  7. Jolanta May 18, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Beautiful image, thank you for sharing with us 🙂

  8. Elephant's Child May 18, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Thank you for sharing the joy and the beauty. Again.

  9. Frank (The Early Birder) May 18, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Super capture Mia.

    Being at one with nature is the best feeling in the world.

  10. Lois Bryan May 18, 2014 at 8:54 am

    I love your description of the day you got this shot as much as I’m enjoying the image itself.

  11. Stewart m May 18, 2014 at 5:20 am

    That is just such a good image – silly, but I like the way you can just see bait of the birds other leg sticking down from under it.

    Very nice.

    Cheers – Stewart M – Melbourne

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