Sighting: Ringed Plover

Winter always attracts waders back to the coast and here in Aberystwyth the low tide mud flats are a magnet for a variety of these birds. Most commonly seen are the turnstones named for their behaviour of turning over rocks to look for invertebrates beneath. Also a fairly regular sight are the purple sandpipers, although I am yet to see them this year.

A few days ago I encountered a striking bird which I have not seen before, a ringed plover. The ringed plover is a small, rounded little bird with a short stubby beak and distinctive black rings around it’s neck and over the eyes. It is a Red Listed bird of conservation concern with populations declining over recent years.

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Ringed plover (cropped)

This bird was very skittish, only allowing me to capture one distant shot before it flew off, alarm calling loudly.


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