Sunday, 14 June 2009

Black-fronted Dotterel

Now a regular visitor to the edges of our local "Duck Pond", (Lake Alford), this Black-fronted Dotterel is a colourful bird that due to its' small size (16-18cm) perhaps goes unnoticed by many who use this recreational area.

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Black-fronted Dotterel (Charadrius (Elseyornis) melanops)




14 comments:

mick said...

Nice photos and much closer than I have ever managed to get to one of these little birds!

Neil said...

Thanks Mick next time you are up this way have a look for them should still be there.

Vickie said...

Beautiful bird, so striking. And those lily-like leaves behind him are huge!

Arija said...

Great shots with the lily leaves. You have captured both the markings and the eyes so well.

Heather said...

Fantastic photos. Found you on Bird Photography Weekly. Your Dotterel is reminiscent of our Killdeer. A beautiful bird and lovely captures.

The Early Birder said...

So, so different to the 'Eurasian' migrant that we get in the UK. Looks much more like a plover.

Neil said...

Thank you for your comments Vickie, Arija, Heather and Frank.

Bob and Cynthia Kaufman said...

Lovely shots, Neil! How can a bird this striking be hard to notice. :-)

gwendolen said...

Very pretty little bird, I love that huge red eye!

Kelly said...

He is a very pretty bird. I love his red eyes and bill. They look very cool when enlarged.

Neil said...

Thanks Bob & Cynthia easy because of their size, very small.
Thanks gwendolen and Kelly for your comments.

MaineBirder said...

That's a beautiful bird and your photos show it well!

Neil said...

Thanks MainBirder for your comments.

Dale Forbes said...

that first shot is really flashy with the great big bright red eye!
very nice indeed.