The Dunlin gets the worm

The Dunlin gets the wormThe Dunlin gets the worm – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/1000, ISO 200, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light, not baited

I wanted to post a shorebird today that I haven’t posted in a while so I picked this image where the late afternoon Dunlin got the worm. I was out photographing in the afternoon at Fort De Soto’s north beach when this Dunlin came into the lagoon and foraged in front of me as I laid at the edge of the water. It wasn’t long before the dunlin caught the small tubeworm and I happened to snap the shutter as tiny droplets of water flew into the air after the dunlin pulled the worm from its underwater hole. Some folks think that Dunlins are rather plain in their nonbreeding plumage (and they are compared to their breeding plumage) but I find this phase of plumage to be subtly beautiful.

It wasn’t uncommon for me to see and photograph Dunlins in Florida for most of the year except for a few months during their breeding season. I see Dunlins occasionally here in Utah when they stop over on migration but they are usually too far away to capture decent images of them.


Image taken in December of 2008


  1. Utahbooklover August 17, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Very nice image, Mia. I agree the nonbreeding plumage has a subtle beauty of its own, and the worm, ripples, and reflection are a nice touch too.

  2. Elephant's Child August 17, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    I have a huge weakness for the little brown jobs (LBJs) and am always happy to see another. They are often unappreciately marvels of elegance and subtelty. Thank you.

  3. Patty Chadwick August 17, 2014 at 8:02 am

    I like the soft, subtle colors and the monochromatic colored birds, too. Glad, but not surprised, you do….like the ripples….nice shot….

  4. Lois Bryan August 17, 2014 at 7:16 am

    Gorgeous image … I love neutral tones … and you’ve captured a beautiful Monet-like reflection as well!!

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