Dowitcher At Sunset (Photo of the week)

A dowitcher wades through shallow water, looking for food just before sunset, Baylands, Palo Alto, California

I photographed this dowitcher just as the last light of the day was hitting the marsh. He was busy with dinner, but paused long enough for me to create a portrait. I like this shot because it shows some of the bird’s habitat along with the entire body. Although crisp bird portraits with blurred backgrounds of solid color look great, sometimes we strive to isolate the subject from its habitat just a little too much.

  • John Christensen

    I love the sunset hues on the dowitcher's feathers, as well as on the background vegetation!

  • John Christensen

    I love the sunset hues on the dowitcher's feathers, as well as on the background vegetation!