Mountain Plover on Antelope Island State ParkMountain Plover on Antelope Island State Park – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 640, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

Eight months ago I spotted two Mountain Plovers on Antelope Island State Park and I am still blown away by seeing and photographing those beautiful shorebirds who are uncommon in Utah. Uncommon enough that my sighting of these two birds was only the tenth record accepted by the Utah Bird Records Committee.

I have to wonder since these plovers winter in California and Arizona and breed to the north and east of Utah if they aren’t in Utah more often than we know. Maybe in the spring they rest for a bit on golf courses and sod farms in Utah which would provide the low vegetation they prefer.

I know that I will be keeping an eye out for them in the spring but it is possible to see them even in December as the 9th confirmed sighting in Utah of a Mountain Plover before mine was by Mike Hearell on Christmas Day of 2012.

I am very glad I trained my lens on a pair of tiny birds in the distance to see what they were otherwise I might have missed these lovely Mountain Plovers.

Mia