In it’s summer plummage the little Black Bellied Plover is a striking bird to see. It can also be a very challenging bird for photographers to make properly exposed images of. Honestly, and black and white bird can be problematic for getting the exposure right. A bit too little exposure and there will be no detail in the blacks and the whites will turn grey. Overexpose and detail is lost in the white. This is a situation where bracketing… taking multiple images at different exposure settings… can be saving grace. Of course birds don’t always stay in place allowing one to shoot multiple exposures. As such, when they do learn from the resulting images. Take a little time to examine and study the resulting images to learn the quirks of your camera so you can increase your success raitio when photographing difficult subjects. Below are a couple of recent photos of a Black Bellied Plover taken along Taylor’s Creek, Beaufort, North Carolina.