American Golden-Plover- Pluvialis dominica
by Bryce W. Robinson
Lately I’ve discussed a problem I have with birds being too close to photograph. This plover has a nest I’ve been monitoring, and each time I visit, the bird does its best to draw attention to itself, and away from the nest. I’ve used this behavior to my advantage for photography, but so often the bird comes too close for the composition I like. My friend Ron, and exceptional photographer, commented on his own experiences, saying that he often embraces this closeness, capturing a headshot. I wanted to share this photo, because I too embraced the birds behaviors, and the result pleases me.
I turned the camera to capture the legs, and hopefully the whole body, but ended up clipping out the back end of the bird. Still, I really like the photograph.
Today, different bird was on the nest. The new bird appeared to be the female. Sadly, close by, the remains of the bird in the above photograph were found. Perhaps, in the line of duty, this bird lost its life distracting a predator from the nest. A sad instance in the life of the American Golden-Plover.
I’m glad to know that I’m not the only person to have “too close” issues with wildlife shooting! Recently had a similar incident with a moose, and at the time was equipped with a 400 mm prime, so not many options for quick adjustment when the sun is setting quickly. Nice blog and pictures!
Thanks Ken. I’m beginning to think the too close problem is actually a blessing. Too close with a Moose would be a bit unnerving though!