Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Plover in the Spotlight, Pillar Point Harbor

Black-bellied plover at sunset - Pat Ulrich Wildlife Photography

I spent over an hour with this single black-bellied plover as it combed the shoreline looking for a late meal. We were along the edge of the water inside of the harbor, and eventually the sun sank low enough to be mostly blocked by the seawall behind me. This left us in a world of cool blue tones, except for a few rays of light that were still shining through from low-points in the wall. The plover was eyeing something up in the sand as it walked into one of these rays, which gave me a nice opportunity to capture it bathed in warm sunshine against the cool, shaded background.

Submitted to World Bird Wednesday -- click the link to see this week's submissions!

21 comments:

  1. Wonderful close up!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Nice color and background bokeh Pat.

    ReplyDelete
  3. This is a great image but then, you have many fantastic wildlife images here on your site.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Very good composition, great work!

    ReplyDelete
  5. I love those cool colors Pat. You were rewarded for your great patients hanging in there till the last second as the sun set on your shoot. You highlight this bird beautifully!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Wow-that is a stunning shot! The composition and lighting are perfect.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Beautiful photo. That's a shorebird we don't see down here in Australia.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Fantastic shot!
    Greetings
    Joo

    ReplyDelete
  9. A lovely image of a beautiful bird.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Amazing close-up on this plover, with a fantastic light and perfect dof ! Great job !

    Jean-Michel
    http://leblogdugeai.canalblog.com

    ReplyDelete
  11. Patience as always paid off Pat. Superb compostion and detail in that cool blue light.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Beautiful bird and image. Well done!

    ReplyDelete
  13. ITs a stellar shot---the blues are so wonderful....I always get caught up in the subject I forget to pay attention to the background many times. I will never forget the first plover I saw...the Lesser Golden Plover and I have not seen it since-

    ReplyDelete
  14. Thats another really good shot. Enough said.

    Stewart M - Australia

    ReplyDelete
  15. Lovely image! Great colors and detail!

    ReplyDelete
  16. A very beautiful photo. Really a good shot. Bravo!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Lovely image, Pat. And great patience to capture it.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Beautiful photo ... great lighting.

    ReplyDelete
  19. This is an exceptional photo of the Black-bellied Plover Pat. The patience and persistence it takes to get a shot like this is worth it though isn't it?

    Not only are the colors fantastic, the depth of field and the lighting are perfect. The most important thing to me though, and what makes this photo what it is, is the angle you took, getting down on the sand to make it the perfect shot!

    ReplyDelete
  20. Thanks so much for your kind words, everyone!

    ReplyDelete