Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Black-bellied Plover

Linking up with Wild Bird Wednesday and Nature Notes and NC Sue Wordless
I hope you can join in and share your wild birds and nature scenes.


For this week's wild bird I am featuring the Black-bellied Plover. I have seen this bird on the Altantic coastline during the migration. These images were taken at Chincoteague NWR and some from Bombay NWR. They are also known as the Grey Plover.


The are pretty in their grey, black and white colors. They forage for food on  beaches and tidal flats.


The Black-bellied Plovers breed in the Arctic and coastal area of Canada and Alaska.


Another similar looking bird would be the American Golden Plover. These are not great photos, the birds were a distance away and the zoom makes some photos fuzzy.  I hope you enjoyed my wild bird and post. Thanks for stopping by and for the nice comments.

Till next week's wild bird post. Join in and post your birdies and to see more beautiful and wonderful bird and nature photos please visit:

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Thanks to all of our hosts. Michelle for Nature Notes and Stewart of Wild Bird Wednesday and Sue for Wordless Wednesday.


  Happy Birding and have a wonderful week!

73 comments:

Debbie said...

they are soooo pretty, up against the blue water. they also walk around like they own the place ;)

Juni said...

Lindo pássaro Eileen, lindas imagens.
Beijos.

Blogoratti said...

Wonderful photos. Greetings!

✿ chica said...

Acho sempre muito lindas as tuas fotos! Valem sempre! bjs, chica

EG CameraGirl said...

I just saw some black0bellied plovers last weekend so I'm amazed you have them there in Maryland so soon!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
I am particularly fond of the wading birds - these are indeed very pretty! YAM xx

Margaret Adamson said...

I wonder is that the same bird as we call a Grey Plover? it Anyway, it is a lovely bird although when we see it here is has not got itsblack belly then (winter time).

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, Pretty shorebirds! Nice photographs of the plovers. Have a great evening tonight and a pleasant day tomorrow!

Mari said...

So pretty! I wouldn't have seen or learned how these birds are called if not from your blog. They might exist in books or google but I don't really look for such creatures everyday :) Thank you for never getting tired of sharing what beautiful nature is out there where you are.

Chris Rohrer said...

I love plovers and this one is a very good looking bird. Congrats on the plover. Once and a GREAT while, one will show up in AZ:)

Sandra said...

water and sand and birds, nothing is more peaceful to me...

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Hi Eileen,
fantastic photos of this special and wonderful birds. Great !
Best regards, Synnöve

Helma said...

Very nice this gray plover.
I've never been able to photograph this.
Greetings, Helma

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

I think half of the coolness about Plovers is their name. Plover. Plover. Gotta admit that is a cool name.

Linda W. said...

Nice pics of the plovers!

mick said...

Great photos of the Plover. It is a striking looking bird.

Phil Slade said...

We call the same species Grey Plover but the North American "Black- bellied Plover" is much more descriptive.

Nice job Eileen

Debra said...

haha The looooong stride in that second shot made me laugh. Thanks!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Lovely little birds - it must be so fun to watch them running around on their little twig legs!

Our photos said...

Very nice !

NatureFootstep said...

interesting, I had no idea that a Grey Plover existed. I have seen 2 different kinds of the Golden one. I like the look of the Grey :)

Missy George said...

They look like they are in their tuxedos and all ready to party. Handsome birds. Enjoy your evening, Eileen.

Karen S. said...

Wow, what a gorgeous day out too! They are having fun too. I had the rare and delightful experience to catch some geese hanging out today, so I snapped and snapped more, getting ready for Saturday's Critters too! Double win for me!

The Yum List said...

First time I've seen this bird. Thanks for sharing your beautiful nature photographs with me Eileen.

Brian King said...

Very handsome birds! Almost like they have little suits on.

Michelle said...

I love that last shot on the watery sand.

"...E...", from VA, Beth said...

almost camouflaged. very cool. i guess he/she can run around not being noticed much. that would be fun to do. ( :

TexWisGirl said...

very nice!

Lowcarb team member said...

Peaceful pictures Eileen. The birds and water look great to me.

All the best Jan

bailey-road.com said...

Great shots of these waders.

Kailani said...

Very interesting! The black and white mottling reminds me, a LOT, of baby parakeet / budgie heads! :)

Mama Zen said...

What a pretty bird! I haven't seen one before.

Rose said...

They are so cute....I wish I could see them in real life!

GreenComotion said...

Beautiful Plovers, Eileen.
I wonder if the color (grey) provides a camouflage for them.
Have a Beautiful day!
Peace :)

magiceye said...

Lovely captures

Stephanie said...

They are such pretty birds, love their coloring.

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Very nice photos Eileen, these little birds look so proper!
Jemma

Cloudia said...

you always reward our visits!

DIMI said...

Hello Eileen!!
Such beautiful birds!Lovely images against the blue water!!
Great captures!Have a happy day!Hugs!
Dimi...

Möwe von der Insel said...

Beautiful pictures of some beautiful birds.
Looks like they are quite some runners at
the beach :) Love the colour of the water
in the last picture!

Have a beautiful day
Möwe

Adam Jones said...

Great looking birds. I love the Plovers, one of my favourite wading birds. It's quite similar to our European Grey Plover in breeding plumage.

Weekend-Windup said...

They looks so pretty!

Irene said...

Nice bird shots ... have a great week!

Irene

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

Such beautiful birds! Lovely photos. Have a great (Wild Bird) Wednesday!

NC Sue said...

I love watching sea birds.
Nice shots!

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diane b said...

We have a different looking plover and they are very aggressive when they have eggs in the nest which is just a hollow in the ground.

DeniseinVA said...

Love these birds Eileen. You have photographed them beautifully. Happy day to you :)

Jeevan said...

Interesting capture on the species and liked the difference in last image!

Leora said...

Eileen, thanks for sharing the plover pics. I would love to see them in person.

Kerri Farley said...

Very pretty!!

handmade by amalia said...

What pretty birds. Looks like they enjoy cooling off in the water, who wouldn't :-)
Amalia
xo

Linda Kay said...

Eileen, I don't think I've ever seen this particular bird. Great picture.

Cranberry Morning said...

I always love your shore photos, Eileen! So beautiful and peaceful. Sweet bird.

Black Jack's Carol said...

These Black-bellied Plovers are fascinating to see, Eileen. I love the long stride in the first shot. Any photo at all would be a thrill for me :) Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Gillian Olson said...

Such pretty birds, lovely markings. Thanks for sharing, have a great day Eileen.

Sue in the Wood said...

Love the wading birds. Plovers are wonderful to watch!

Tom said...

I never knew that there were so many birds out there. Tom The Backroads Traveller

Bob Bushell said...

Great images Eileen.

Betsy said...

I always enjoy seeing pictures of birds along the shores of anywhere. You always have nice captures to share.

Ranten said...

Nice pictures! New bird too me.

Adam Tilt said...

Great looking birds. Reminds me of our Grey Plovers as well.

Clairejustine oxox said...

You got some great shots here, lovely pictures :)

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

They're lovely birdies, Eileen.
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Pat Ulrich said...

always fun to see these birds in their summer colors -- fun captures!

Marie C said...

I loved seeing these shots, Eileen! Very pretty markings.

Lmkazmierczak said...

Terrific captures♪

David Gascoigne said...

So handsome in breeding plumage.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I enjoy shorebirds so much, but always have trouble with IDs. These are great!

Stewart M said...

When I first saw the picture I though 'that looks like a grey plover' - and them I read the text!!

Nice shot.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Gail said...

Cool! I have never seen one except in pictures. Great shots.

Ela said...

Oh, these are so fantastic pictures !!
Happy weekend !

Rambling Woods said...

Hi Eileen..I could have sworn I left a comment, but I don't see it.. Wonderful shots of course..I am wondering what if any Apps you use for birding... Michelle

yonca said...

Your beautiful shots always make me feel like I'm in heaven, Eileen. BTW i think i left a comment with my son's account on the first one.Happy Sunday!