A small flock of Golden Plover on recently exposed mudflats near Port Carlisle on the Cumbrian side of the Solway Firth (between England and Scotland) on the 8th September 2011. Mostly in winter plumage ,the bird just above the black-headed gull (also in winter plumage) has underparts showing the remnants of the black of the summer plumage.
Sony Alpha 350 DSLR ,Tamron 70-300 lens at 300mm with kenko 2x tele converter giving 600mm.Hand held in windy conditions
The Eurasian Golden Plover, Pluvialis apricaria, is a largish plover.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.Their breeding habitat is moorland and tundra in the northernmost parts of Europe and western Asia. They nest on the ground in a dry open area. They are migratory and winter in southern Europe and north Africa. Around 500,000 birds winter in Ireland and Great Britain. Although generally common, its range has contracted somewhat in the past due to habitat destruction. For example, in the 19th century it disappeared as a breeding bird in Poland and only occurs there as a migrant nowadays (Source Wikipedia )