Mountain Plovers – A Dream Come True

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A Lifer! My face has melted!

This morning while looking for Long-billed Curlews on Antelope Island State Park I spotted a bird in the distance and put my lens on it. If I had been in a position to fall out of a chair I would have but the truck door kept me from doing so. What I saw through my lens was a Mountain Plover, a bird I have long dreamed of seeing. A rarity here in Utah. My jaw dropped and as I got closer I held my breath hoping it wouldn’t fly away.

It didn’t and as I got close enough to get images I spotted another plover. I had to remind myself to breathe.

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After trying to call my friend Shyloh to let him know about the bird and failing because my cell signal stank I was able to get an email sent to UBIRD (a bird list) telling everyone who follows the list about the Plovers.

I spent from 8:20 am to 10:01 am with those birds. I’m still smiling so hard it hurts, not only did I get to see them but I took hundreds of high quality images too.

I’m blown away by how beautiful Mountain Plovers are in person. Blown away. I have to pinch myself to believe that I photographed Mountain Plovers – A Dream Come True

Mia

25 Comments

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  2. Seagull Steve April 16, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Stunning images, and a fantastic find. I’ve never gotten good looks at them in alternate plumage before, they look related to Horned Larks haha.

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  4. Mia McPherson April 13, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Thank you to everyone who commented on this Mountain Plover post. I feel incredibly lucky that I spotted these small plovers and was able to share them with other people in this area. Some (Shyloh) were positively glowing after they saw them! My face is slowly returning to normal, this sighting was absolutely splendiferous!!

  5. Rohrerbot April 12, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    You are so lucky!!! I recently read that these birds are threatened and it’s rather alarming. So happy for you!!! Lifers make everything better!

  6. Sam Brunson April 11, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Great find and amazing birds!

  7. LaNelle April 11, 2013 at 4:01 am

    Fabulous shots! Love the details on the bird and from you, this is what makes birding GREAT!!

  8. Wally April 10, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Congratulations, Mia! What a great day you’ve had! The photos you posted are wonderful, showing the feather detail, subtle coloration – love the purple flowers for contrast, nice touch!

    That’s an adrenalin rush that has no equal! Way to go for both you and Ron!

  9. Julie Brown April 10, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Wow-the clarity is stunning. Congrats on getting this gorgeous little bird, Mia.

  10. Carroll Tarvin April 10, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Your enthusiasm is contagious. You have provoked a new interest in my life – birds of course.
    Thank you.

    Carroll

  11. Susan April 10, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Oh my goodness Mia, this is awesome, congratulations. You sound so excited and joyous it is catching, I’m grinning too. Thanks for sharing the joy:)

  12. Bonnie Peel April 10, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Congratulations Mia!

  13. Steve Creek April 10, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Wow! Congrats and great capture”

  14. Bryce Robinson April 10, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    I”M TEEMING WITH JEALOUSY!! I love the story too. Instances such as these only happen once in a blue moon. Glad to hear of your painful smile! I hope Shyloh was able to see it as well.

  15. Ryan O'Donnell April 10, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Great find! You might consider submitting a report to the Utah Bird Records Committee as well. They keep track of the rarest of the rare in Utah, and would love a chance to accept your find into the record. http://utahbirds.org/RecCom/index.html

  16. Jane Chesebrough April 10, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    It’s a cute little bird. Nothing beats a “lifer”. Congrats!

  17. Tami April 10, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    I’m so thrilled for you, Mia! And what a beautiful bird. Is it as dainty as it looks?

  18. Merrill Ann Gonzales April 10, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    There is NOTHING, absolutely NOTHING like a life bird. And when it’s a rare bird on top of it… and such a gorgeous bird…with more than one! I think you’ve hit the jack pot! Congratulations!!!!!

  19. Dina J April 10, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    What a great morning you had. And perfect shots!

  20. Laurence Butler April 10, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Wow Mia! Really excellent images, and so cool so see them getting a bit of their breeding colors too.
    Congratulations!

  21. Bob Bushell April 10, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Brilliant lifer, I love it.

  22. @Acadian_Birder April 10, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Bravo Mia

    Quel plaisir de lire cette histoire…its like I am there too.

    I always LOVE to look at your amazing work…but reading this added to it big time …a bird this Canadian can only keep in his dreams for sure.

    Merci / Thanks

    Alain Clavette —> @Acadian_Birder

  23. eric c11 April 10, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    very cute and well presented, almost 1st picture with a very good bokeh
    see you soon mia ☺

  24. Prairie Birder April 10, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Mountain Plovers are such beautiful birds and your photographs are stunning, Mia! A Happy congratulations on your life birds!

  25. Azstu April 10, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Your excitement is not contained 😉 Congrats!

    Wonderful story .. beautiful birds. great shots. memorable moment ( ok thats enough adjective/noun pairs 😉

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