Black-bellied Plover
Pluvialis squatarola

f13 @ 1/1250s, ISO:800, Nikon D3S w 500mm and 1.7X tele-extender


"Black-bellied Plover," Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.The Grey Plover, known as the Black-bellied Plover in North America, is a medium-sized plover breeding in arctic regions. It is a long-distance migrant, with a nearly worldwide coastal distribution when not breeding.They are 2730 cm (1112 in) long with a wingspan of 7183 cm (2833 in) and a weight of 190280 g (6.79.9 oz) (up to 345 g (12.2 oz) in preparation for migration). In spring and summer (late April or May to August), the adults are spotted black and white on the back and wings. The face and neck are black with a white border; they have a black breast and a white rump. The tail is white with black barring. The bill and legs are black. They moult to winter plumage in mid August to early September and retain this until April; this being a fairly plain grey above, with a grey-speckled breast and white belly.
Naples, Florida
 
04/25/2014