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Black-bellied Plover

Black-bellied Plover
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-06-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot SX230IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-06-05 12:12
Viewed: 2243
Points: 18
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Black-bellied Plover
Pluvialis squatarola

A large shorebird of coastal beaches, the Black-bellied Plover is striking in its black-and-white breeding plumage. It is the largest plover in North America and can be found along the coasts in winter northward to Massachusetts and British Columbia.

Cool Facts
Wary and quick to give alarm calls, the Black-bellied Plover functions worldwide as a sentinel for mixed groups of shorebirds. These qualities allowed it to resist market hunters, and it remained common when populations of other species of similar size were devastated.
The Black-bellied Plover may be more sensitive to disturbance than many other birds because it is especially wary, flushing from the nest or feeding and roosting sites when potential predators are still far away. Nevertheless, no evidence exists for desertion of the nest or roost sites because of disturbance.
The Black-bellied Plover is the only American plover that has a hind toe on its foot. The hind toe, however, is so small that it is difficult to see in the field.

This photo was taken at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-06-05 12:22]

Hello Manyee,
Nice work in this close capture of the Black-bellied, or Pacific Plover. great low POV taken with utmost sharpness and natural colours.
Well done and TFS!
Best regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-06-05 12:34]

Hello Manyee,
Very beautiful photo of this Black-bellied Plover in natural colours and excellent sharpness. Pleasing eye contact and taken from a very good low POV.

Ciao Manyee.
Splendida cattura di questo piviere ben fotografato con una sorprendente nitidezza ed ottimi dettagli,eccellenti i colori naturali,molto bene la composizione,interessanti le note complimenti.
Ciao Marco.

Hello Manyee,
I see that you are still out there collecting beautiful images of the different species of Northern California. The Plover is beautiful...

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-06-05 20:12]

Hello Manyee,
A very pretty bird indeed. Love the contrasting black and white coloring and checkered markings in it's plumage. I also find it's black mask quite attractive. Wonderful detail and taken from a nice low POV. Looks like this one has been previously banded. Great work!!

Dear Manyee,

A nice capture of this beautiful bird against a well blurred BG!
I like the light in its eyes and the way the bird is posing for you.
The sharpness and DOF are well done, and exposure is well balanced too.
Nice work!

Kind regards,

Witaj Manyee,
Beautiful photo of this Black-bellied Plover in natural colours and excellent sharpness. Very nicely glances oneself eye. Feather and beak expressive.
Gratulacje i pozdrowienia

Hello Manyee,
Beautiful capture of this plover from a great POV,wonderful close composition,colours and details.Thank You.
Best regards

Bonjour Manyee,
Agréable valorisation du sujet.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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