Sunday, July 11, 2010

A Black-bellied Plover sans the black belly...

Birding Longboat Key, FloridaBack in March, when this photo was taken, this Black-bellied Plover was still in his non-breeding plumage. His black belly doesn't show up until he molts into his summer breeding plumage. He nests all the way up in the arctic, so I don't think I'll be seeing that black belly any time soon...





...this fellow was foraging with a small flock of Willets. He was off on his own, yet at the same time, he was very much part of the Willets' flock. I enjoyed watching him peck out his dinner. According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's All About Birds's site, the Black-bellied Plover is the only American plover with a hind toe. It's very small. If you look closely in the second photo, you can just make it out.

19 comments:

Roy said...

Nice shots, Kelly! Black-bellies Summer here in our area; I've seen some but they've all been out of camera range.

Vickie said...

Great images. And don't you just love those knees!

Elaine said...

Very nice, Kelly. I love the head-on shot.

holdingmoments said...

Amazing shots Kelly. Love the low angle on these.
And he does have a tiny hind toe, doesn't he.

Chris said...

Very nice shots Kelly, I love the last one a lot with this nice low angle. Superb!

Roy said...

Fabulous close ups of this bird Kelly.

Wanda..... said...

I missed commenting on some of your recent paintings Kelly, loved the Eastern Towhee! You could paint a lovely Black-bellied Plover too, I'm sure!

Out on the prairie said...

Great shots, I enjoy watching them search for food.Their chatter is fun also.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

cute little Black-bellied Plover, Kelly... That is interesting about the hind toe. I would never have even noticed.

Cute little bird. You got some great close-ups of him. Thanks!!!!

Hope you are having a good summer so far.
Hugs,
Betsy

JKoenig said...

Those are some "nose to nose" shots....Looked like you were right at his level. Really neat!

Warren Baker said...

Cool pics kelly! How did you get so close! ?

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

I have never seen one of these until today. And your photos are so clear they show the bird with all its features. Very good photography, as usual, Kelly.

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Montanagirl said...

Terrific shots, Kelly. You do wonders with a camera! I always look forward to your posts.

Dave said...

Hi Peanut!
Nice close ups!

Allison said...

Beautiful photos--the detail in his plumage is wonderul!

E said...

Great beauty, all the pics, brava! hugs

troutbirder said...

Wonderful pictures. I saw lots of shorebirds on our first ever Florida visit last March. Shorebirds are a big problems here as I live in the only county in the "Land of Ten Thousand Lakes" without a SINGLE lake!

Kathiesbirds said...

These are amazing shots! Love them all! Good info too!

Idaho Birder said...

really fantastic close-ups