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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.


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.

Tags: Photo journalism Birds Travel General Falkland islands Wader Plover Wildlife and nature Two-banded plover Charadrius falklandicus

Voters: Hermanus, abeeror2, NaturesHaven and 4 more

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Hermanus 8 4 South Africa
7 Nov 2012 4:39AM
Great info on the beautiful bird ! Super photo Smile
abeeror2 8 23 Australia
7 Nov 2012 8:48AM
Yes I agree with the above, that was most interesting and makes your top photo all the more interesting cheers!
moiral 10 12 Scotland
8 Nov 2012 10:09PM
A pretty little bird and nicely captured. Good narrative too. Moira

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