Sleeping Willet at Fort De Soto

Sleeping WilletSleeping Willet – Nikon D200, handheld, f7.1, 1/640, ISO 200, Nikkor 70-300mm VR at 300mm, natural light

I know this image sort of breaks the rules of bird photography because the eyes of my subject are closed but personally I don’t mind that they are. Sometimes the rules are made to be broken.

This sleeping Willet image remains one of my favorite images because it was so comfortable in my presence that it fell asleep. I was honored.

Life is good.



  1. Kim August 8, 2016 at 6:28 am

    Who wants to live by the rules? lol. Love this!

  2. Elephant's Child August 7, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    Honoured indeed.

  3. Wally August 7, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    A wonderful photograph and a testament to your technique and patience.

    (there are “rules”??? uh-oh.)

  4. April Olson August 7, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Beautiful and calming.

  5. Patty Chadwick August 7, 2016 at 6:59 am

    I LOVE IT!!! That is such a soothing, serene image to start the day with. I can almost feel the gentle warmth of the morning sun, hear the soft slap of tiny ripples and wavelets nearby, smell the salty air, feel cool, damp sand squish up between my toes…..

  6. Bob mcpherson August 7, 2016 at 5:41 am

    Beautiful image Mia. So natural looking.

  7. Mark Amershek August 7, 2016 at 5:25 am

    It is definitely a “one with Nature” photos. Serene!

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