Snowy Plover on a sugar sand beach

Snowy Plover on a sugar sand beachSnowy Plover on a sugar sand beach – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 250, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light

Shorebirds like this tiny Snowy Plover on a sugar sand beach were my “spark” birds when it comes to my bird photography and they are what made my passion for bird photography catch fire. This young Snowy Plover (Charadrius alexandrius) was photographed in Florida in 2008 at Fort De Soto County Park’s north beach. Snowy Plovers do breed in Florida locations but struggle for survival because of habitat destruction, people and their pets. They are listed with the IUCN as a species of Least Concern and the Western Snowy Plover (Charadrius nivosus nivosus) is listed as Threatened in several states.

Interesting fact: When the chicks are about to hatch the female Snowy Plover leaves the male to do the brooding and attempts to find another male to breed with. It is the male who watches over the chicks after hatching.

Small, delicate and beautiful, Snowy Plovers are always a treat to see and photograph.


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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. Such a photo! And yes, people and their pets. People and dogs are such an issue for this plover in the San Francisco Bay Area, too.

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  3. Fabulous photo of a sweet little bird.

  4. Beautiful photo!!!!

  5. Very cute! I was happy to read these birds also “summer around salt lakes and alkali flats in the western interior” but threatened by loss of safe nesting sites on beaches, as Mia mentioned.

  6. A beautiful bird, Mia and a great capture as always.

  7. That has got to be one of the cutest birds alive ! And that beautiful, fine white sand! Oh! Boy!…….

  8. Mia, what a great spark bird! What a cute pic! I hope to see one when I am in FL in a couple of weeks.

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