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Grey Plover

Grey Plover
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Copyright: Razvan Zinica (zetu) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-10-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40d, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM, Jessops UV 77mm
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-10-02 7:31
Viewed: 2582
Points: 26
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The Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola), known as the Black-bellied Plover in North America, is a medium-sized plover breeding in arctic regions. It is a long-distance migrant, with a nearly worldwide coastal distribution when not breeding.
They are 27–30 cm long with a wingspan of 71–83 cm, and a weight of 190–280 g (up to 345 g in preparation for migration). In spring and summer (late April or May to August), the adults are spotted black and white on the back and wings. The face and neck are black with a white border; they have a black breast and a white rump. The tail is white with black barring. The bill and legs are black. They moult to winter plumage in mid August to early September and retain this until April; this being a fairly plain grey above, with a grey-speckled breast and white belly. The juvenile and first-winter plumages, held by young birds from fledging until about one year old, are similar to the adult winter plumage but with the back feathers blacker with creamy white edging. In all plumages, the inner flanks and axillary feathers at the base of the underwing are black, a feature which readily distinguishes it from the other three Pluvialis species in flight. On the ground, it can also be told from the other Pluvialis species by its larger (24–34 mm), heavier bill.In spring and summer, mating season comes and the adults' bellies of this species turn black whether the bird is still in its wintering place (for example, on a beach in Sanibel Island, Florida) because it does not want to migrate, or in its breeding grounds up in the arctic of northern Canada and Alaska.
Bird in first-winter plumage; inset, in flight, showing the black axillaries and white rump and barred tail
Their breeding habitat is Arctic islands and coastal areas across the northern coasts of Alaska, Canada, and Russia. They nest on the ground in a dry open tundra with good visibility; the nest is a shallow gravel scrape. Four eggs (sometimes only three) are laid in early June, with an incubation period of 26–27 days; the chicks fledge when 35–45 days old.
They migrate to winter in coastal areas throughout the world. In the New World they winter from southwest British Columbia and Massachusetts south to Argentina and Chile, in the western Old World from Britain and southwestern Norway south throughout coastal Africa to South Africa, and in the eastern Old World, from southern Japan south throughout coastal southern Asia and Australia, with a few reaching New Zealand. It makes regular non-stop transcontinental flights over Asia, Europe, and North America, but is mostly a rare vagrant on the ground in the interior of continents, only landing occasionally if forced down by severe weather, or to feed on the coast-like shores of very large lakes such as the Great Lakes, where it is a common passage migrant.
Young birds do not breed until two years old; they typically remain on the wintering grounds until their second summer.
They forage for food on beaches and tidal flats, usually by sight. The food consists of small molluscs, polychaete worms, crustaceans, and insects. It is less gregarious than the other Pluvialis species, not forming dense feeding flocks, instead feeding widely dispersed over beaches, with birds well spaced apart. They will however form dense flocks on high tide roosts.

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Ciao Razvan, lovely bird in nice walking pose, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Razvan
Beautiful image,fine texture and colors,well captured.Best regards.

Salut Razvan,
Vad ca subiectele acestea frumoase mai sunt in zona la tine.
Azi am mai incercat pe la baltile din Satchinez unde am avut ceva succese anul trecut, dar am intalnit o multime de pescari cu barci pneumatice care au speriat pasarile.
Nu stiu de ce se permite accesul in locuri care ar trebui sa fie rezervatii naturale ocrotite.....
Numai bine!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-10-02 11:47]

Hello Razvan,
Beautiful photo of this grey Plover in nice natural colours and very good sharpness. Taken from an excellent low POV, as always.

thanks Razvan
this is also a beauty

so little and so beautiful
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Razvan. Great compo and excellent management of light. Good contrast against the intrigant BG.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-10-02 19:05]

Hello Razvan,
Great shot of this pretty little Plover and taken from an attractive low POV. Beautiful plumage and uniquely marked in a polka dotted pattern. Nicely composed, showing light wave action and framed in a pleasing manner.

Hello Razvan
Beautiful photo with very good composition and wonderful colours.

Hi Razvan, very nice capture of this fine Grey Plover my friend, beautiful low lighting with nice warm colours. nice and sharp, impressive work here Razvan and very well done,
Best Regards,


Bonjour Razvan,
Le sujet est relativement bien valorisé dans son environnement malgré, me semble-t-il, une insuffisance de profondeur de champ à moins que l'image soit très légèrement floue à cause de l'utilisation du téléobjectif sans trépied.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Buna Razvan,
Minunata captura cu detalii excelente si culori naturale, totul surprins in mediul natural al acestei specii.
Numai bine,

Ciao Razvan
Its Italian name is "Pivieressa." Another of your beautiful images, where the background water brings out the details of the bird. very nice

Hello Razvan!

You catched many of charadriiformes this autumn. Congratulations! In my country season for this birds is slowly ending... Today I hunted for this birds at Pucka Bay ( part of baltic sea) without any effect.I think I must ait till early spring, or mabye tomorrow i will get more luck.


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