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.



  1. Julie Brown December 14, 2012 at 3:48 am

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

  2. Dan Huber December 12, 2012 at 5:12 am

    Very nice Mia – such a beautiful bird.

  3. Julie G. December 11, 2012 at 3:13 pm

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

  4. Sherry in MT December 11, 2012 at 8:41 am

    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.

    • Mia McPherson December 12, 2012 at 7:53 pm

      Sherry, those chicks were wild little windup toys that never seemed to stop. Wore me out watching them. Thanks for commenting!

  5. Bob Bushell December 11, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Brilliant shot of a Plover.

    • Mia McPherson December 12, 2012 at 7:52 pm

      Thanks Bob, plovers are great birds to photograph.

  6. Laurence Butler December 11, 2012 at 7:33 am

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

    • Mia McPherson December 12, 2012 at 7:51 pm

      Thanks Laurence, they do have a huge beak for such a little bird.

  7. Maria F. December 11, 2012 at 7:27 am

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

    • Mia McPherson December 12, 2012 at 7:51 pm

      Thanks Maria, that water sure does make a gorgeous background.

  8. Beverly Everson December 11, 2012 at 7:08 am


  9. Susan December 11, 2012 at 6:53 am

    What a gorgeous photo Mia, love it!

    • Mia McPherson December 12, 2012 at 7:49 pm

      Thank you so much Susan.

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