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Two-banded Plover (Charadrius falklandicus)

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Taken on the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic. Although quite common they don't stand still so are a little difficult to snap. I liked this image as it shows how they merge with the seaweed and sand.

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A wader found throughout the Falklands on estuaries, mud-flats and sandy beaches. It is easily distinguished from other waders by the bands around its throat and breast which give rise to its name.

Nests are made in shallow scrapes in heath or grassland behind the beach. Two to four eggs are laid from October onwards, with chicks hatching after 4 weeks. Chicks leave the nest at an early age, and are often seen scurrying along the beach accompanied by their watchful parents.

Adults and young feed on a variety of insects and other invertebrates which they find amongst coastal vegetation, seaweed and rockpools. Although strong flyers, Two-banded Plovers prefer to run from danger whenever possible, and even young chicks can run remarkably quickly. Sexes are similar in appearance.

Brand:Panasonic
Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:10 Sep 2011 - 7:16 PM
Focal Length:78.9mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/320sec
Exposure Comp:0.447979
ISO:80
Exposure Mode:Landscape
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Two-banded Plover (Charadrius falklandicus)
Username:EyesFront EyesFront
Uploaded:7 Nov 2012 - 1:23 AM
Tags:Birds, Charadrius falklandicus, Falkland islands, General, Photo journalism, Plover, Travel, Two-banded plover, Wader, Wildlife / nature
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Hermanus
Hermanus e2 Member 2Hermanus vcard South Africa
7 Nov 2012 - 4:39 AM

Great info on the beautiful bird ! Super photo Smile

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abeeror2 e2 Member 2abeeror2 vcard Australia
7 Nov 2012 - 8:48 AM

Yes I agree with the above, that was most interesting and makes your top photo all the more interesting cheers!

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moiral e2 Member 4moiral vcard Scotland
8 Nov 2012 - 10:09 PM

A pretty little bird and nicely captured. Good narrative too. Moira

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