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Black-bellied Plover

Black-bellied Plover
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-01-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S1-IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-02-02 20:46
Viewed: 3083
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This picture was taken at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Black-bellied Plover
Pluvialis squatarola

Pluvier argenté (French)
Chorlito gris (Spanish)
Grey Plover (British) (English)

A large shorebird of coastal beaches, the Black-bellied Plover is striking in its black-and-white breeding plumage. It is the largest plover in North America and can be found along the coasts in winter northward to Massachusetts and British Columbia.

Sex Differences:
Sexes similar, but female in breeding plumage less colorful than male, with brownish instead of black on back and varying amounts of white in face and breast. Female has less contrasting tail pattern with more, broader, and browner bars.

Cool Facts:
Wary and quick to give alarm calls, the Black-bellied Plover functions worldwide as a sentinel for mixed groups of shorebirds. These qualities allowed it to resist market hunters, and it remained common when populations of other species of similar size were devastated.
The Black-bellied Plover may be more sensitive to disturbance than many other birds because it is especially wary, flushing from the nest or feeding and roosing sites when potential predators are still far away. Nevertheless, no evidence exists for desertion of the nest or roost sites because of disturbance.

The Black-bellied Plover is the only American plover that has a hind toe on its foot. The hind toe, however, is so small that it is difficult to see in the field.


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A good capture but I wish it was a touch sharper. Well done, especially since I think you may have shot it through glass (I have the same problem at our new Georgia Aquarium).



Good Capture,
The problems shooting thru glass is evident

Just a suggestion (you might know this tip !), when shooting through glass , just make sure the lens is touching the glass!!

Goutham R

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2006-02-03 0:48]

Cute bird,very well exposed.GOOOD POV.

Very nice POV ManYee. An interesting species with unique coloration. Well done.

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