Last August, we spent some time in Plymouth, Mass. with a plan to photograph shorebirds on the beaches there. Unfortunately, our access to beaches was limited and it wasn’t until our third day there that we were able to do what I call “beach panning,” laying flat on the sand with our panning plates on Frisbees and using our long lenses so we were at eye level with the small birds. It was one of the first chances I had to use the new Nikkor Z800mm lens and I loved the results. Seeing these tiny shorebirds (this is a juvenile Piping Plover) at eye level as they dashed back and forth looking for tiny crustaceans buried in the sand, was remarkable.