|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|The Piping Plover is a small, thrush-sized shorebird that blends well into its setting. It is primarily the colour of dry sand, but has distinctive black markings (a black collar or breastband, a black band above the white forehead, and a partially black tail); a white rump; and bright orange legs. The short and stout bill is orange with a black tip, and becomes black in winter.The circumcinctus subspecies of the Piping Plover is a North American bird that breeds on the American shores of the Great Lakes (Michigan) and throughout the Great Plains from the southern Canadian prairies to Nebraska. It winters along the Atlantic coast, from South Carolina to Florida, and along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. In Canada, the circumcinctus subspecies breeds in central Alberta, southern Saskatchewan, southern Manitoba, and used to breed in southern Ontario. The numbers of Piping Plovers have been decreasing everywhere. However, the most dramatic declines have occurred in the Great Lakes region. The last known nesting of Piping Plovers on the Canadian Great Lakes occurred at Long Point in 1977. The prairie region had an estimated 1687 adults in 1996. About 25% of the Canadian prairie population occurs in the Quill Lakes area of Saskatchewan, where more than 430 Piping Plovers were observed in 1996.|
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a perfect capture, as usual, TFS Ori
Sooo cute - wonderful
thanks for showing this!