Mia McPherson

Mia McPherson

Mia McPherson is a nature lover, wildlife watcher and an avian photographer. Mia first become serious about bird photography when she moved to Florida in 2004. Her recent move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and photographing them. With so many birds species there easily accessible it wasn’t long before she was hooked. By learning more about each species, she can anticipate their behaviour and create opportunities to obtain ever better images of those species.

Jul 262012
Marbled Godwit with its shadow

I have a fondness for Marbled Gowdwits (Limosa fedoa) because of theirpink and black bills and plumage patterns. They also look very elegant walking, standing, feeding and in flight. This Marbled Godwit had been feeding on the mudflats of a tidal lagoon at Fort De Soto’s north beach, I like that I was able to […]

Jul 252012
Exhausted but Elated

With the exception of some intermittent clouds and infrequent light rain in the mornings and afternoons, thelight was wonderful and the weather hot during the middle of the day. The winds came up around noon each day but I’m not usually out photographing in the harsher light of mid day. There must have been a […]

Jul 252012
Reddish Egret

I photographed this Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens)in October of 2008 at Fort De Soto’s north beach. At that timeI was sitting in the water taking images of Great Egrets and some Laughing Gulls when the egret flew in and began fishing in the warm, shallow lagoon. It didn’t take the bird long to catch this […]

Jul 232012
Pied-billed Grebe ~ This Bird is a Tease

This Pied-billed Grebe; photographed at Farmington Bay Wildlife Management Area in northern Utah, is a tease. Really, it is. Look at those raised wings, how long they look compared to the stout body of the Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps), how strong they appear. How those wings make me wonder what this grebe would look like […]

Jul 212012
Lincoln's Sparrow

Sparrows seem to be overlooked often as subjects, I’ve heard people call them Little Brown Birds (LBB) or Little Brown Jobs (LBJ). I try to photograph them whenever I can get close though. This Lincoln’s Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii) was photographed last month at Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, the spring green leaves in the […]

Jul 202012
Willet in the surf of the Gulf of Mexico

Getting “Down & Dirty” pays off when photographing shorebirds like this Willet I photographed in Florida as it walked along the shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico. The Willet (Tringa semipalmata) was very comfortable with my presence as I laid flat in the wetsand to photograph itgiving me an eye level view of this beautiful […]

Jul 192012
Tundra Swans in Flight

Tundra Swans (Cygnus columbianus)by the thousands overwinter in the Great Salt Lake area, it is not uncommon to see huge flocks of themat Farmington Bay Wildlife Management Area in northern Utah. Tundra Swans used to be known as “Whistling Swans” because of the sound their wings make in flight and when hundreds or thousands of […]

Jul 162012
Adult Burrowing Owl Lift Off

I’ve been having fun photographing Burrowing Owls (Athene cunicularia) lately and it is a joy to have them in my viewfinder again. The light I had when I photographed this adult owl lifting off from the Sagebrush wasn’t ideal, I would have liked more shutter speed to freeze the motion. The brighter area at the […]

Jul 152012
Burrowing Owl Butt Shot!

Let’s face it some butt shots aren’t very pretty but some can be awfully darned cute! I’ve never been able to think of a great caption for this Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) image, if anyone has an idea for one, please leave it in your comment. The juvenile had been preening and gave this wonderful […]

Jul 142012
Western Kingbird on Barbed Wire

// // Western Kingbirds (Tyrannus verticalis) appear to have had a wonderful nesting season here in Utah because there are plenty of young birds perching on wires and branches loudly demanding food from the frazzled looking adults. When I first spotted this adult Western Kingbird on Mondayon the roadfrom the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge […]