Friday, December 30, 2011

Black-Bellied Plover

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Black-bellied Plover
On the day after Christmas, I went to Merritt Island, and by the first parking area, there were hundreds of shorebirds.  Most of them were Dunlin, but scattered through the crowd were several Black-Bellied Plovers (along with Dowitchers, Avocets and Turnstones).  This particular morning yielded some of my best photos of the Black-bellied Plovers.  Initially, the cloud-cover was making for some bland photos, but the light improved momentarily, and with the calm water I was able to get some nice reflections. Interestingly, you can really tell the difference between the quality of light when the sun is out from behind the clouds (notice the last two for photos when the sun is behind cloud cover).  When the light isn't quite right, check the sky; you may find that your light will improve for you if you wait.

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Black-bellied Plover
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Black-bellied Plover
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Black-bellied Plover with a couple friends
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