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.
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.
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