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European Golden Plover

Pluvialis apricaria

Description:

The European Golden Plover shows here its beautiful breeding plumage, with spotted gold and black on the crown, back and wings. The breeding period for these birds in Iceland is June-August.

Habitat:

Moorland on mountainside with heather surrounded by small bush, near the coast. At Lónsöræfi, a wilderness area in south-east Iceland. Last shot is of the habitat. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C3%B3ns%C...

Notes:

This pair of European Golden Plovers made themselves heard loudly and repeatedly with a plaintive whistle when we hiked close to their breeding territory. These shy and wary birds nest in heather or grass. After a few distant shots we went around and followed our way.

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13 Comments

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 4 years ago

Thanks J!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 4 years ago

Marvelous and absolutely stunning!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 5 years ago

Thank you Pedro!

PedroNicolau
PedroNicolau 5 years ago

Fantastic! In Winter plummage they are much less appealing, I have to say.
You're very fortunate!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 5 years ago

Thanks António and Kathleen!

Love this!

Beautiful capture daniele,perfect photos,congrats and thanks for sharing

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 5 years ago

Thanks Satyen :-)

Wild Things
Wild Things 5 years ago

Amazing clarity! Loved the last shot :-)

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 5 years ago

Thanks Marta! Aren't these so pretty?! We heard those well before we could see them: they had spotted us first! And clearly didn't want us nearby.

The MnMs
The MnMs 5 years ago

This is an authetic golden spotting, Daniele! and very pretty :-)
In Shetland it was greatly appreciated to see one of these guys. We saw one in the distance thanks to another couple that was already making pictures of him. birdspotters atract more birdspotters.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 5 years ago

Thank you Mona!

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 5 years ago

Lovely series.... Beautiful pictures :)

Iceland

Lat: 64.44, Long: -14.89

Spotted on Jun 23, 2013
Submitted on Aug 8, 2013

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