13 October, 2009

Eurasian Golden Plover

Scientific Name: Pluvialis apricaria

Population Estimate: 640K - 1.2M

Range / Habitat: Breeds in tundra in the northernmost parts of Europe and western Asia. Winter in southern Europe and north Africa.

Field Notes: Breeding adults are spotted gold and black on the crown, back and wings. Their face and neck are black with a white border; they have a black breast and a dark rump. The legs are black. In winter, the black is lost and the plover then has a yellowish face and breast and white underparts. Unique, repetitive call.

Personal Notes: First seen at Skaftafell National Park, Iceland. Later photographed in Snaefellsjokull National Park. 

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