Crack of Dawn




Getting up at the crack of dawn has it benefits. These sandpipers were searching for their breakfast early one morning.


gull watching

gull watching

A couple of years Cindy and I spent a few days around Destin Florida. I enjoyed walking the beach and photographing the different birds. We have planned another trip in a few weeks to the area and are looking forward to getting away for a few days.



This heron was so used to seeing people that it allowed me to wade around photographing it. This was my first time to photograph water birds. I’ve since learned that others aren’t as cooperate as this guy.




I just love the reflection of the sky in this shot.













  1. Jimi Jones October 10, 2011 at 7:22 am #

    I agree, getting up early is the ticket. 🙂

    Love this series of shots, Phillip. The Heron and sky shots are my favs. Nice work, man.

    • Phillip October 10, 2011 at 4:51 pm #

      Thanks Jimi. I love that morning light!

  2. Eden October 10, 2011 at 2:01 pm #

    The lighting in these is just wonderful! Lovely captures, Phillip!

    • Phillip October 10, 2011 at 4:53 pm #

      Thank you Eden. It’s hard beat that early light!

  3. Marc October 10, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

    Great set of bird images. Is that bird wresting a crab?? Cool shots all of them.

    • Phillip October 10, 2011 at 4:59 pm #

      Thanks Marc. Yes he was dealing that crab a fit! I took several shots of him. Here he wanted to get a better hold and is dropping him for a half of a second. Then he’ll grab him before he hits the ground and … well let’s just stay that the poor crab doesn’t stand a chance of getting away. 🙂

  4. Edith Levy October 10, 2011 at 5:36 pm #

    Phillip these images are superb…everyone of them. “Reflections” though is simply outstanding.

    • Phillip October 10, 2011 at 8:19 pm #

      Thank you Edith! That one was special to me too.

  5. deniseippolito October 10, 2011 at 9:33 pm #

    Your strolling Willet is fantastic!

    • Phillip October 10, 2011 at 10:13 pm #

      Thanks Denise. So my sandpiper isn’t a sandpiper, but a Willet. We are looking so forward to going back in a couple of weeks, so I’ll have to remember that !

      • deniseippolito October 11, 2011 at 6:17 am #

        Phillip, I believe a Willet is one of the largest sandpipers. So yes, it is a sandpiper.

        • Phillip October 11, 2011 at 4:20 pm #

          Great, I get partial credit! 🙂 As you might have noticed, I don’t might enjoy nature, but I don’t always know it’s creatures by name. However, thanks to this exchange I bet that I’ll remember the Willet. Denise, I really do appreciate you bringing it to my attention.

  6. Jan Winther October 11, 2011 at 4:11 am #

    Great shots again, Phillip. I like your reflections shots. Looks upside down. Very cool

    • Phillip October 11, 2011 at 6:08 am #

      Thank you Jan. It really does until you try to mentally solve for the bird flying upside down and then the waves. It took me a second be fore I could accept it too.

  7. Adam Allegro October 12, 2011 at 4:41 am #

    That one shot of the gull eating breakfast is absolutely fantastic!! I love it. Well done Phillip!

    • Phillip October 12, 2011 at 5:54 am #

      Thanks Adam. It was amazing watching him too!

  8. DaniLew October 15, 2011 at 4:15 pm #

    Gorgeous imagery, Phillip! I can’ decide which one I like best.

    • Phillip October 16, 2011 at 7:49 am #

      That’s alright Danielle, you are always allowed to like more than one image. 🙂 Thanks!

  9. Kris Koeller October 17, 2011 at 7:53 am #

    Great tones in these shots. Great choices in post-processing.

    • Phillip October 17, 2011 at 4:30 pm #

      Thank Kris. We are planning to return and I really looking forward to it.

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