Killdeer

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Photographers sometimes shy away from photos like this. I call them field guide shots. The bird is doing nothing, just standing in full profile, but you can see everything about the bird that helps you identify it.

As photographers, we often want action shots, interesting poses, or at least something that makes the photo stand out from the million other photos that have been taken.

I sympathize with these desires, but I also like having at least one good field guide photo per species. This one was taken a little over a week ago at Central Winds Park.

There’s nothing to make this photo stand out, but I still just like it.

Killdeer

Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons

, based in Florida, is a lover of nature, landscape, and wildlife photography. Scott became interested in photography in 2001 when he was given his first SLR camera. When he acquired a telephoto lens, he became progressively more interested in birds and other wildlife. Scott enjoys learning about bird habitats and behavior, striving always to take images that are both beautiful and interpretive. Scott believes photography is a great vehicle to help others to appreciate the wonder for the stuff of earth.

Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons, based in Florida, is a lover of nature, landscape, and wildlife photography. Scott became interested in photography in 2001 when he was given his first SLR camera. When he acquired a telephoto lens, he became progressively more interested in birds and other wildlife. Scott enjoys learning about bird habitats and behavior, striving always to take images that are both beautiful and interpretive. Scott believes photography is a great vehicle to help others to appreciate the wonder for the stuff of earth.

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Frank Dröge
Frank Dröge

That's my opinion to! I think that most birdwatchers who become photographers still try to make the identifypictures as well. That's because of the birdwatchersblood… 🙂