I took this photograph when I was in Sannibel Island in February on Artie Morris' Southwest Florida IPT in the late afternoon one day. I loved the formation of the Skimmers and the way the Plover broke ranks and walked in front.
The red-winged blackbird above is from a recent trip to the Venice Rookery. There are always so many beautiful birds there, and it is right in my backyard. This bird had attitude. I liked the contrast between the forcefulness of the bird, the soft textures of the branch he is standing on and the painterliness of the water behind him with all the reflections.