Snowy Plovers – North America’s Smallest Plover

/, Florida, Fort De Soto County Park, Pinellas County, Snowy Plovers/Snowy Plovers – North America’s Smallest Plover

Snowy Plover in seashellsSnowy Plover in seashells – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/800, ISO 200, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light

A while back I did a post on the Least Sandpiper which is the world’s smallest sandpiper so I thought I would do a post about North America’s smallest plover, the Snowy Plover. As adults these plovers are about 7.25 inches in length and weigh approximately 1.4 ounces or close to the weight of 7 U.S. quarters. They are very pale and blend in very well in the light sandy habitat they prefer.

I didn’t really sand crawl to get this low angle image, it was more like a “seashell slither” which is a bit uncomfortable. Okay, more than a bit but I have a high pain tolerance level.

Snowy Plover in early morning lightSnowy Plover in early morning light – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 250, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light

I found it amazing to lay still and watch these small plovers as they foraged, preened, yawned, walked and rested through my view finder because they seem so tiny and delicate.

Unfortunately Snowy Plover populations are declining due to human disturbance and habitat destruction. I feel like I write those words often (far too often) about so many different bird species. Didn’t I write that yesterday about the Greater Sage-Grouse?



  1. Kathie August 13, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Love these pics! The bottom looks like it is standing on snow.

  2. Eileen August 10, 2013 at 3:15 am

    They are adorable photos, Mia! I would like to add this bird to my life list. Have a happy weekend!

  3. Prairie Birder August 9, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    Such beautiful little birds and beautiful photos, Mia!

  4. Elephant's Child August 9, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Thank you. Another enchanting little bird. The world is diminished when we lose a species. It makes my heart hurt.

  5. Stu August 9, 2013 at 10:20 am

    a precious little guy.. great photo Mia.. sad we are losing so many

  6. Wally August 9, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Mia, I chased this little bird last winter with no luck. Hopefully, I’ll see my first one this year. Fantastic shots! I tried that seashell slither but I am apparently not a very adept “slitherer”!

  7. patty chadwick August 9, 2013 at 9:01 am

    “Due to human disturbance”…another strong twist of heartache! How could we be willing to allow another creature, another life, something so cute, so special to be lost. It hurts!!!

  8. Bob Bushell August 9, 2013 at 4:20 am

    Fantastic Plovers Mia.

  9. Sonja Ross August 9, 2013 at 4:03 am

    Thanks for sharing your lovely images of these special little plovers.

    Your words about human disturbance and habitat destruction are constants here in Australia too.

  10. Dave Sparks August 9, 2013 at 4:02 am

    I especially like the second image – low angle, nice head turn, catch light, lovely light, blue and pinkish colors of the background.
    Surely there must be a rock band named the Seashell Slithers.

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