bird photography : piping plover

These cute little plovers darted across the tidal mudflats at Fort De Soto Park during John's morning visit, digging up earthworms and other 'yummy' tidbits.  John hadn't seen such tiny shorebirds before; the Piping Plovers he saw were a good third the size of a Killdeer and much smaller than most sandpipers he'd seen.
These cute little plovers darted across the tidal mudflats at Fort De Soto Park during John's morning visit, digging up earthworms and other 'yummy' tidbits. John hadn't seen such tiny shorebirds before; the Piping Plovers he saw were a good third the size of a Killdeer and much smaller than most sandpipers he'd seen.
Equipment:Canon EOS 30D
Canon EF 300mm f4L IS with 1.4x Teleconverter
Settings:f8; 1/1000 sec.; focal length at 420 mm; ISO 200
Date:December 23, 2006 9:41 am
Location:Fort De Soto Park / Tierra Verde, FL
Photography Notes:
The almost-surrealistic lighting in this photo comes from an overlaid copy of the image set to 'hard light' blending mode.
 



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