Wilson’s Plover in habitat

Wilson's Plover in dried Sea Purslane

Wilson’s Plover in dried Sea Purslane – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/640, ISO 250, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light

One of the shorebirds that I saw often along the coast of Florida year round was the Wilson’s Plover. Wilson’s Plover are the largest of the belted plovers and are found primarily along the coastlines of the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic ocean up to about the Chesapeake Bay, they can also be found on the Pacific coast of the Baja Peninsula of Mexico. Their long, thick black bill is distinctive and a great key for identification.

Just watching the two chicks running around in the dunes like small windup toys made me realize what a hard job it is for the adult plover to protect their young. I very much enjoyed the setting I photographed this plover in and loved the loose feather near the bird’s rump.


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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. The buff-colored vegetation and blue background are just perfect! Lovely composition, Mia.

  2. Very nice Mia – such a beautiful bird.

  3. Simply beautiful photograph, Mia! A very pretty bird. I really like the blue background and sand vegetation.

  4. I bet it was a hoot to watch the chicks and you are right, the setting of this photo is absolutely perfect. I know how hard it is to get shots of the plovers we have around here as they are fast little buggers.

  5. Brilliant shot of a Plover.

  6. Very pretty. I haven’t seen this Plover yet, but what a beak they have!

  7. You’ve got so much variety of these shorebirds, with beautiful gradient sea background.

  8. What a gorgeous photo Mia, love it!

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