Cruddy light and snow yesterday kept me at home and today is also supposed to be cloudy but starting tomorrow the weather forecasts starts to look brighter for a few days. This morning I went wandering through my archived files to look for images I had taken the 28th of February of all the years I have been photographing and found quite a few.
In 2009 I photographed this foraging Marbled Godwit and friends on exposed mudflats of a Fort De Soto County Park lagoon. It was low tide while I was there and there were hundreds of shorebirds in the lagoon feeding, preening and resting. There were willets, plovers and godwits all over the place. As soon as I could I knelt laid down in the mud and warm water of the lagoon and slowly wiggled my way across the mudflat to approach the birds. Once I was in a good position I laid there while the shorebirds moved around me and I took hundreds of images as the birds went about their normal routines as if I weren’t even there. Later when the shorebirds moved away from me I backed up just as slowly as I had crept up on them and when I could I stood up and walked away with mud dripping off of me and a smile on my face.
Life is good.
(The “friends” in the background are Willets)