Monday, October 6, 2008

Lingering Plovers

On a recent trip out to see the Whooping Cranes at Osler, it was nice to see a small scattering of shorebirds that hadn't yet decided to fly south.
More noticeable were the bigger flocks of Black-bellied Plover, associating with a few Baird's Sandpiper, but the highlight was seeing a couple of American Golden Plover foraging in the marsh with them.
Up until this point, I have only seen this species at a distance and usually mid-flight, with their Golden backs glinting in the Sun.

American Golden Plover :



Black-bellied Plover :

11 comments:

Mike - Fenphotography said...

Stunning pics Nick, detail is amazing.

2sweetnsaxy said...

These shots are wonderful. The detail is amazing.

The Birdlady said...

Really, really lovely.

Nick S said...

Thankyou all :-)

John Theberge said...

I love the low perspective of that first photo, I assume the blue background is out of focus water. Hope you stayed dry.

HANNIBAL said...

I agree whole-heartedly...Stunning photography!

Shellmo said...

The lighting and clarity are so beautiful w/ both of these plovers!

Nick S said...

Thanks guys. Yep, the blue background is water, and I did manage to stay dry, just had one foot sink deeper in the mud than I'd prefer :-)

T and S said...

Awesome details in both the images

SAPhotographs said...

I can see where the Golden Plover got its name Nick. Really beautiful bird and shot of it.

Nick S said...

Thanks guys :-)