Sunday, 18 October 2009

Red-capped Plover & Pacific Golden Plover

Would like to share with you some of the waders we found during our count today. Altogether we counted 1342 birds from 14 species. Among these were Bar-tailed Godwit, Red-capped Plover, Pacific Golden Plover, Lesser Sand Plover, Red-necked Stint and Great Knot. Eastern Curlew numbers seem to be well down this time with only 17 compared to the 185 we counted on the 4/10/09.

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Red-capped Plover (Charadrius ruficapillus)



Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis dominica)

14 comments:

mick said...

Very nice indeed. The two RCPL's are especially nice.

Neil said...

Thanks Mick it was a good day out.

corey said...

Send those over my way, would you? Especially the Red-capped Plover...I imagine that would create quite the stir in New York!

Nice shots!

eileeninmd said...

Great photos. They would all be new birds for me, thanks for sharing.

Wren said...

Nice! I've seen the pacific golden plovers, but never had the chance to get such a good, close shot of them. The red-capped plovers are new to me. You can see the red cap clearly on one of them.

Neil said...

Thanks Corey I am sure they would create a stir in New York if they showed up there.
Thanks Eileen this is one way we can all see new birds.
Thanks Wren it took a lot of patience and time to get the Pacific Golden Plover.The Red-capped Plover always look great.

Bob and Cynthia Kaufman said...

Congratulations on a good outing, Neil! Grat shots of the plovers!

Neil said...

Thanks Bob & Cynthia it was a good day out.

Nicole said...

Beautifully captured. Lucky you :D!

Neil said...

Thanks Nicole for your comment.

Larry Jordan said...

Beautiful captures of the plovers Neil. The Red-capped are a very handsome bird and I really like the composition of the shot with the bush between the birds, one out in the open and the other as if it were hiding.

Great shot of the Golden Plover on the move too. I bet that wasn't an easy capture.

Neil said...

Thanks Larry
I was lucky the Red-capped Plovers stopped long enough for the photo.
As for the Pacific Golden Plover it was the only one of its species there on that day,trying to keep track of it till I had a good photo took a while.

NatureFootstep said...

how nice, we don´t have any of these in Sweden. :) And now the wetlands are empty. :(

Neil said...

Thanks Nature footstep not good to hear wetlands empty.