The Ringed Plover

Ringed Plover Sony A7r4 Sony 200-600

The morning was kind here in the UK this morning and I ventured out to the coast. The tide was in and the place was dead as I walked onto the beach, the view was beautiful calm sea for the North Coast and a slight breeze. As I looked for the Oystercatcher or Sandling and Turnstone my eyes focused on the pebbles, grey, brown, white, cream, every colour of pebbles small large square and round.

Huddled in the vast area was a little bird one of my favourite to photograph when I can find them. They are very small and very shy moving if anything gets within 100 feet of them. I don’t know how my eyes focus on these little birds so well camouflage in the beach sand and pebbles.

Lying down carefully I position myself so I was eye level with the foreground nicely out of focus. I put my ext on the 200-600 so I had a better reach and came away with this really nice image of a thecRinged Plover.

The ringed plover is a small, dumpy, short-legged wading bird. It is brownish grey above and whitish below. It has a orange bill, tipped with black, orange legs and a black-and-white pattern on its head and breast. In flight, it shows a broad, white wing-stripe.

They breed on beaches around the coast, but they have also now begun breeding inland in sand and gravel pits and former industrial sites. Many UK birds live here all year round, but birds from Europe winter in Britain, and birds from Greenland and Canada pass through on migration.

Sadly the Ringed Plover is on the Red UK Conservation List.

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