Jeremy Minns wrote to us today to say that he had three American Golden Plovers on Praia Dura along with the resident Southern Lapwings. Also present was a single White-rumped Sandpiper.
|American Golden Plover: Ubatuba October 2010|
I think that Pluvialis plovers are really attractive birds, even when not in summer garb, the American version especially with its long wings which give it an elegant attenuated shape.
|American Golden Plover: Paraty November 2011|
Single Calidris sandpipers can often be a nightmare to identify, just look at the debate with the recent Semipalmated/Western Sandpiper in the UK. However, White-rumped should be fairly straightforward even on its own, if seen in flight the white upper tail coverts (not rump) are a give away. A good close view of the bill should reveal a brown patch at the base of the lower mandible, but this isn't always visible.
|White-rumped Sandpiper, brown base to lower mandible |
just about visible in this shot: Ubatuba October 2010