navarre, florida, panhandle, sunset, birding

Shorebirds at Sunset along the Emerald Coast

Sometimes, all the elements fall into place for a wonderful photo. Over the weekend, I was walking along the shore of the Santa Rosa Sound in Navarre, FL. As the sun set, I sat on the sand to take in all the beautiful colors of the evening. Suddenly, two Willets and two Dunlin – shorebirds common along the Florida Panhandle – approached me as they were feeding, apparently undisturbed by my presence. Because of the angle of the descending sun, they formed perfect silhouettes against an orange-red sky. I literally did nothing other than steady my camera against my knee and snap the photo – no manual settings, no post-processing. I definitely felt like Lady Luck was smiling at me, and this has quickly become one of my favorite photos!

navarre, florida, panhandle, sunset, birding

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