Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Wild Bird Wednesday 210 - Ringed Plover

We are back on Orkney in Scotland for this weeks WBW.

The island of South Ronaldsay is connected to the Mainland (of Orkney) by a series of barriers - Churchill Barriers - that were build in the 1940s to protect the anchorage of Scapa Flow.  These barriers changed the flow of water in and out of Scapa Flow, and on the east side of Churchill Barrier 4 which connects South Ronaldsay to Burray, a beach has formed.

This beach is now how to Little Terns, which we watched but could not photograph and Ringed Plovers, which we could.

There was at least one pair of these active little waders dashing about on the beach, and with a slow, indirect, approach we were able to get close enough to them to take some pictures.

The Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) is a small bird, only about 18 - 20cm long.  These were some of the best views I have had of this species.







You may not be surprised to find out that you can join in with WBW by clicking on the blue button below the thumbnails!  SM

29 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

A very nice plover.

TexWisGirl said...

A very nice plover.

Brian King said...

Beautiful little birds! I like the mask!

Beth said...

Well named bird - the ringed head is so pretty.

Nette Cecilia said...

Nice little one ,Nette

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

They remind me of our Semipalmated Plovers, which have partially webbed feet. They are well-camouflaged as they forage in the wrack.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

love the sweet little plovers. I will be back someday -- cities aren't great bird watching places; we'll get out there eventually.

Phil Slade said...

Memories there Stewart. It's a good number of years since I stayed a week at the North Ron Obs. Caught Long-eared Owl, Yellow brows and Waxwing, not to mentiona Pine Bunting. Saw lots of RPs too and I remember the sighting of Scapa Flow as something quite special and moving.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Stewart, your Ringed Plove ris an adorable bird. Awesome series of photos. Thanks for hosting, have a happy week ahead!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

They are cuties.

Marie C said...

Really lovely little bird!

Bethany Carson said...

Good shots of the plover. I like your focus.

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Pretty little birds! Thanks for hosting.

Margaret Adamson said...

I love seeing one of my favourite little waders and you can nearly not see him in his surrounding which is brilliant for him. Thanks for hosting.

Andrew Fulton said...

Wonderful images...

Pat Tillett said...

Hey Stewart! Great photos!
Hope all is well with you.

Valerie said...

What fabulous camouflage this one has!

Breathtaking said...

Hello Stewart!:) What a darling little Plover and super photos. Thank you for hosting!:)

Andrea Priebe said...

This little Plover looks very much like our Killdeer ... I wonder if they are related, though the Killdeer are more an inland bird, they are often seen along waterways as well. I love the Aussie names ... they are always unique and often bring a smile to my face (South Ronaldsway, Orkney, Scapa Flow) I know it is English, but you seem to have overlaid a second language which makes it unique. Aborigine perhaps? Always fun to come see you Stewart.

Andrea @ From the Sol

photodoug said...

Stewart, "Hi Ho Silver! Away." Thanks for sharing.

Linda W. said...

What cute little birds!

Adam Jones said...

Cracking little birds, and always a joy to observe.

Denise inVA said...

Darling little birds Stewart, great shots! I hope to be joining in next week, and hopefully will get some decent bird shots between now and then. Thanks for visiting and leaving a nice comment. Your friend's answer, "no change" made me smile. See you next week :)

A Quiet Corner said...

Hey Stewart, these birds are so adorable and in so much trouble...we fight to help them...:)JP

Missy George said...

Cute little bird..well camouflaged...nice shots..I have no birdies this week :0

Dave Lewis said...

Well done Stewart! I have the hardest time getting any where near a shorebird, let alone getting crack shots like yours.

Chandra@GreenComotion said...

Plover Power-Hooray!
Never seen them before.
Have a Happy Day, Stewart!
Peace :)

Chris Rohrer said...

They sure do blend into their surroundings. Have the same issues here. Nice bird!

diane b said...

They are cute little birds with nice head colouring.