Semipalmated Plover with its eye on me

A Semipalmated Plover with its eye on meA Semipalmated Plover with its eye on me – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 200, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light

This morning I wanted to keep my post simple and how much more simple could this image of a Semipalmated Plover with its eye on me be?

I photographed this small plover while laying still on the wet sand and allowed the plover to slowly approach me.  A friend and I basically had the north beach of Fort De Soto to ourselves and the birds weren’t being bothered by walkers, beach combers or shell seekers and all of the birds seemed calmer and less skittish.

It means a lot to me when birds approach me instead of the other way around because I feel accepted, honored and my connection to nature feels even stronger.

We are all part of nature.

Life is good.



  1. Wickersham's Conscience October 26, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    By far interior Alaska’s most common breeding plover. They lay their eggs on gravel bars, and often mistake gravel airplane strips and infrequently driven gravel roads for habitat. You’ve captured their essence here: curious, wary and business-like.

    PS. Good to see the site back up.

  2. Jane Chesebrough October 26, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    i love when they make eye contact and approach me, too, always feels like a gift.. This is a lovely shot.

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