Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Ringed Plover

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Last week when I saw the dunlins I also spotted these plovers. I knew instantly that they were plovers, but I was not sure which species it was.

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Later though I identified it as a ringed plover. Its distinctive features are the orange beak tipped with black and the orange legs.

SONY DSCIn contrast, the Little ringed plover, which looks similar has a black bill and pale legs. Also the ringed plover displays a white wing bar in flight which is absent in the little ringed plover.

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The birds are usually seen on tidal flats and fields where they feed insects, crustaceans and worms, relying on their sight.

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They nest on the ground  with little or no plant cover. An interesting fact about the ringed plover is that when nesting, and if threatened by predators, the parent bird will draw attention away from the nest by walking away and feigning a broken wing.

SONY DSC Although this species is usually migratory, most of the birds in UK are resident throughout the year.

 

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All these pictures were obtained with my Sony A200 camera + Minolta 500mm f8 reflex lens. Images were cropped later.

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