Become a plover lover for the day (and forever more).
The good people of BirdLife Australia have come up with a day to celebrate some of our best loved waders; the plovers.
Erythrogonys, Elseyornis, Oreopholus and Anarhynchus Plovers
|Red-kneed Dotterel Black-fronted Dotterel Tawny Throated Dotterel Wrybill|
Plover Appreciation Day is a designed to raise awareness about the problems that these ground nesting birds face, especially at this time of year in the southern hemisphere where the breeding season is about to get under way. As these birds inhabit many places that are popular with humans for recreational purposes such as beaches, lake shores, wetlands and grasslands they often come into conflict and we all know who comes off second best in that particular competition don't we?
Charadrius Plovers 1
|Common Ringed Plover Semipalmated Plover Little Ringed Plover Malaysian Plover|
Kentish Plover Snowy Plover White-faced Plover Lesser Sandplover
Greater Sandplover Oriental Plover Eurasian Dotterel Mountain Plover
Plovers are a delightful family of birds and they come in many shapes and sizes from the tiny Charadrius plovers like Kentish Plover to the much larger Vanellus lapwings. Over in Australia they have a big selection from which to choose.
Charadrius Plovers 2
|Wilson's Plover Killdeer Piping Plover Three-banded Plover|
Kitlitz's Plover Chestnut-banded Plover White-fronted Plover Collared Plover Red-capped Plover
Double-banded Plover Two-banded Plover Rufous-chested Dotterel Puna Plover
Here in the UK however our options are rather more limited at this time of year, with just four species likely to be seen; Northern Lapwing, Grey, European Golden and Common Ringed Plover.
|Grey Plover Pacific Golden Plover American Golden Plover|
So, on Wednesday the 16th Elis and I will set off for one of our favourite haunts, Titchwell, where we stand a good chance of seeing all four, maybe we'll see you there?
Wherever you happen to be go out and look for plovers to show your support.
More details here.