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Golden Plover

Pluvialis dominica

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Golden Plover

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11 Comments

TampaDave
TampaDave 8 years ago

The Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge can be really nice, though extremely buggy! Bug spray is mandatory when visiting if you don't want to provide a free buffet to the bugs. I know that they create an artificially low tide twice a year. I missed it. I seem to recall it was around labor day and some time in the spring so that the migrating birds can fill up when they arrive and just before they leave. That would be the best time to go. The very first time I was at Ding Darling happened to coincide with this event and there were hundreds of egrets and herons feeding in the first retention pond. It was hard not to get a good shot. There is a $5 entrance fee good all day. You can get some decent shots at the different beaches.

ceherzog
ceherzog 8 years ago

I was thinking of going to Sanibel this week sometime...is it worth the drive?

TampaDave
TampaDave 8 years ago

I haven't gotten out too much. Life has been getting in the way. I did go out the last recently and got some decent shots locally and in Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island.

ceherzog
ceherzog 8 years ago

Thanks Dave...I look forward to it...seeing anything good these days?

TampaDave
TampaDave 8 years ago

I just joined. I'll start adding some of my shots.

ceherzog
ceherzog 8 years ago

Hi Dave: Will you consider joining my new mission Shorebirds of the Gulf Coast and adding some of you extraordinary photos? I'd be most appreciative
http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/1408...

TampaDave
TampaDave 8 years ago

Yes, this was shot at Ft DeSoto.

TampaDave
TampaDave 8 years ago

I didn't get any flight shots. I did post a few extra photos.

ceherzog
ceherzog 8 years ago

Was this at Ft. DeSoto? In Sarasota Golden Plover is listed as a rare bird in the fall only. Sibley's says Black-bellied has a white belly & Golden has a grey belly...if you saw the armpit or have a flight photo a dark armpit indicates Black-bellied.
Good to see your spottings again. Hope to hear from you if you see any migrants. Do you post to Brdbrains?

TampaDave
TampaDave 8 years ago

I'm back. I finally had a chance to get out and shoot this morning. Golden Plover is my best guess. The white streak over the eye on the golden plover stands out against the rest of the pattern on the head in my book. The non-breeding plumage on the black-bellied plover is muted. I could be wrong, but this is my best guess based on the pictures in my book.

ceherzog
ceherzog 8 years ago

Hi Dave...you're back! How can you tell this is a Golden Plover rather than a Black-bellied?

TampaDave
Spotted by
TampaDave

Florida, USA

Spotted on Apr 1, 2012
Submitted on Apr 1, 2012

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