In the winter, the lowest tides of the cycle happen right around sunset in the Bay Area. Whenever there’s a minus tide with a good sunset, I try to head to the beach to photograph shorebirds. Typically that’s meant Stinson Beach, but yesterday I tried San Francisco’s Ocean Beach.

I arrived about 40 minutes before sunset so I didn’t have much time to look around. Fortunately, I found some sanderlings zooming around in the swash zone. This one was kind enough to zoom across the sunset while I lay on the beach, giving me a near-perfect silhouette.