Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Mmmmm...late afternoon Florida sun...

...time to find a little depression in the sand, and take a nap...zzzzzzz.





...a friendly Willet was comfortable enough around me to doze just feet away. I love Florida birds...

...continued from the Captiva Island posts.

24 comments:

Betsy from Tennessee said...

That last picture just says it all. LOVE it... All of the photos are good... Love the Florida birds also.

Hugs,
Betsy

Linda said...

Oh so beautiful~ sharp , detail, and lovely soft focus background...The last one is beyond precious with its eyes closed...Happy Easter! Linda

Nicole MacP said...

How cool! Great photos!

NicoleB said...

Those are totally awesome!
Looks like he's buried :D

Roy said...

These are fabulous shots Kelly. What a very obliging bird.

Janice K said...

Great closeups....but I really love the one with his eyes closed.

Lois Evensen said...

Wonderful! :) You must have been very relaxed and calm, too, to be able to shoot away as he fell asleep.

Birding is Fun! said...

Fantastic close-up glamor shots!

grammie g said...

Hi Kelly...Ooooooh so darn cute, and the last is just precious!!
I very comfortable bird,enough to let you get close, and get these great photos

Montanagirl said...

Such terrific photos, Kellly! You just get the best cooperative subjects for your photography. LOVE these.

Marie said...

Oh Kelly! These are beautiful!! A perfect example of what can happen when we slow down and allow things to happen around us.

Frank said...

Astounding sharp detail. A nice soft bed to lie on ... what more could a Willet want.

Tammie Lee said...

Kelly,
your photos could not be more intimate and awesome!

Wanda..... said...

You astonish me all the time with your photos, Kelly!!! These are very, very special!!!

holdingmoments said...

Excellent captures Kelly. He looks so content in that last one.

Kathy A. Johnson said...

That bird has the right idea! Great photos.

John (Tucker) said...

great photos so clear! Excellent subject too.

Kjell T. Evensen said...

Great images, once again. :)

Elaine said...

Just exquisite, Kelly! I love the last one!

Diane said...

I visit your website every morning with my coffee. Your photos are beautiful!
Just thought I would let you know you have a silent public that greatly appreciates your efforts.

Chris said...

wow first I dream about the sun, second of cooperative birds like this ;-) Excellent set of pictures of this nice bathing willet Kelly... The portraits are really exquisite

dAwN said...

So cool to be that close..It sure looks all snuggly!

Kelly said...

...thank you so much for all the kind words!! I always appreciate all the comments. :-)

I'm sure you can tell from the photos I fell in love with this bird. He was always in the same isolated part of the beach foraging. I have tons of photos of him. When I took this set, I had sat down and was watching Sanderlings down the beach chasing the waves. This Willet came to me and snuggled down. I then laid down so I was on his level and focused in. I slowly inched forward, and he didn't care. I was probably within 5 feet. The sun was so warm...and he was so sleepy. Eventually he tucked his head in his feathers and went to sleep. I got up and left then. This session lasted over 14 minutes. I talked to him too...Florida birds are amazing. They are so brave and friendly.

Debbie Miller @HooootOwl said...

Gorgeous adorable pics and post!