Black-bellied Plover, Pluvialis squatarola (winter plumage)
Fort Desoto State Park; St. Petersburg, FloridaI shot this Black-bellied plover portrait on the beaches of Fort Desoto State Park on Monday morning. There was not a lot of activity on the beach, but this little guy was very cooperative. It had little fear of me and came quite close. This bird is in winter plumage. Its summer face and underside of black, obviously white here, is quite drab compared to its breeding plumage, but I loved photographing it just as much. Someday, maybe, I will be able to travel to its nesting grounds in the high arctic to photograph it, in all its splendor.
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Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/2000 sec. @ f9, ISO 400