Tiptoeing Willet

Tiptoeing WilletTiptoeing Willet – Nikon D300, f11, 1/640, ISO 400, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

Normally I prefer to have my subjects larger in the frame than this image of a Willet tiptoeing on the surface of the Great Salt Lake as it landed. But I like this image even though my subject is small in the frame. A lot of the time this is a view that people without a long lens or binoculars gets to see yet this bird is easily recognizable as a Willet and we even get to see the flash of white of its wings.

This might not be everyone’s cup of tea but I find it pleasing all the same.


* Not too long after I publish this post I should be on the road, stay tuned for more stories and images!


  1. Sherry in MT May 27, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    I like it because it actually does give more of a perspective on size and of course the reflection makes it even more amazing.

  2. Elephant's Child May 27, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    I really like the wider perpective of this shot. And am chuckling at the sneakiness of the pose. A joy and a delight to see this morning. Thank you.

  3. Mary McAvoy May 27, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    I love the detail of close-ups but equally love seeing the environment or habitat of a bird.
    Sometimes the wider angle tells a lot about the bird and its lifestyle.
    Thanks, Mia.

  4. Jolanta May 27, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Amazing photo!

  5. Pierre Cenerelli May 27, 2014 at 8:55 am


  6. Patty Chadwick May 27, 2014 at 7:56 am

    I like the scope of this image because it’s more lie what I might see if I was there….this birds looks just about ready to pounce!

  7. Montanagirl May 27, 2014 at 7:55 am

    I like it a lot – and the reflection too!

  8. Kim May 27, 2014 at 7:12 am

    It’s very pleasing! I like shots that show the environment as well as the close-ups.

  9. Lois Bryan May 27, 2014 at 7:10 am

    … and have a great road trip!!!! Looking forward to seeing all your great new images!!

  10. Lois Bryan May 27, 2014 at 7:10 am

    Loving that tip-toeing action!!!! Great capture!!!

  11. Stephen May 27, 2014 at 4:34 am

    I find it pleasing too…well done.

  12. Carroll Tarvin May 27, 2014 at 4:33 am

    I love it. The beginning of a ballet.

  13. Liz Cormack May 27, 2014 at 3:54 am

    You are too hard on yourself. I think it’s a great shot!

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