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Black-bellied Plover – Late Fall Migration

About a week ago I was searching through a mixed flock of Dunlins and White-rumped Sandpipers. Nearby, I came across a lone Black-bellied Plover. Fall migration for Black-bellied Plover is quite long and can range from early July to early November (Dunne 2006). As I understand it, Black-bellied Plovers do not tolerate close approach, but in this case, I was able to get very good looks and photos of this particular individual.

I’ve included two photos I made below. Late afternoon sunlight provided good viewing and photographic conditions; in addition I was able to capture a catch light in the Black-bellied Plover’s eye facing me.

In the first photo the background of mostly green grass and blue water made for a decent background.

1/1250, f/5.6, ISO 500, Canon EOS-1D X, Canon 400mm DO II + 1.4x III tc

In the second photo, the Black-bellied Plover stood along a gravel path. I made the picture from a higher perspective, which I like in this case because it helps to show just how well the plover blends in with its surroundings.

1/899, f/5.6, ISO 160, Canon EOS-1D X, Canon 400mm DO II + 1.4x III tc

 

 

New Gallery Photos Added                Gallery

Black-bellied Plover                             Lapwings and Plovers

 

Happy Birding,

Claude

 

References:

Dunne, Pete, 2006. Pete Dunne's Essential Field Guide Companion, Houghton Mifflin Company, New York, New York 

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