Saw this chap on the shore at Bowness-on-Solway on the Cumbrian coast.
Sony Alpha 350 DSLR,Tamron 70-300 zoom,Kenko 2x tele converter giving 600mm. Hand held.
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British Wildlife-Birds Dec 2011
The Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) is a small plover.
Adults are 17-19.5 cm in length with a 35–41 cm wingspan. They have a grey-brown back and wings, a white belly, and a white breast with one black neckband. They have a brown cap, a white forehead, a black mask around the eyes and a short orange and black bill. The legs are orange and only the outer two toes are slightly webbed, unlike the slightly smaller but otherwise very similar Semipalmated Plover, which has all three toes slightly webbed, and also a marginally narrower breast band; it was in former times included in the present species. Juvenile Ringed Plovers are duller than the adults in colour, with an often incomplete grey-brown breast band, a dark bill and dull yellowish-grey legs.
This species differs from the smaller Little Ringed Plover in leg colour, the head pattern, and the lack of an obvious yellow eye-ring.
The Ringed Plover’s breeding habitat is open ground on beaches or flats across northern Eurasia and in Arctic northeast Canada. Some birds breed inland, and in western Europe they nest as far south as northern France. They nest on the ground in an open area with little or no plant growth.
(Source Wikipedia )


ringed plover, wader, shorebird, cumbria

Living in the English Lake District,Cumbria,NW England with a love of photographing locations in Cumbria and Scotland, especially landscapes.

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  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsabout 3 years ago

    Lovely capture like how it blends in so well

  • They can be difficult to spot at a distance..

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • Glenn Cecero
    Glenn Ceceroabout 3 years ago

    Great shot, love the POV!

  • I was almost face down in the

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • Bronwyn Munro
    Bronwyn Munroabout 3 years ago

    Great image Jamie. ☺

  • Thanks very much Bronwyn

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  • Franco De Luca Calce
    Franco De Luca...about 3 years ago

    Beautiful…never seen one of these either your shots and info are very educational and a great assett to the group!!

  • That’s very kind of you. I am still hoping for a major rarity.

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture and pp work Jamie!

  • Thank you Carol

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • Franco De Luca Calce
    Franco De Luca...over 2 years ago

    8th December 2011

  • Again thanks very much Franco

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • Dorothy Thomson
    Dorothy Thomsonover 2 years ago

    Great capture Jamie. Congrats on your feature :-)

  • Dorothy,thanks very much and so sorry I missed your comment

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • Tom Smeaton
    Tom Smeatonover 2 years ago

    Nice one Voluntary. he is very similar to our Hooded Plover in Australia

  • Thanks Tom. I like these birds.They look like bandits..Jamie

    – VoluntaryRanger

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