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 Post subject: Plover, Common Ringed
Unread postPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2008 9:03 pm 
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The Common Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula is a small plover, 18-19cm. It is widely distributed thoughout the world, but in South Africa they are mostly seen at estuaries and lagoons along the coast. During its leapfrogging migration that can be as far as 18,000 km in total, they are seen at wetlands and other waterbodies inland. They start to arrive in South Africa in September and depart March. A few birds overwinter here.

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These birds forage for food on beaches, tidal flats and fields, usually by sight. They eat insects, crustaceans and worms.

Probably in migration mode, the plover was seen at the Marievale wetlands this morning.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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After more head scratching last night I ask for confirmation of two and plain help with another! All photos taken at about 10:00 at the hide at Westcoast National Park on 25 November.

Is this a Common Ringed Plover (245)? I think the bright yellow legs are the giveaway.

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After this I have three or so to go to ID but as usual I want to have a go at ID myself then put my neck on the block. Much more fun that way. I've had my head chopped off a few times and keep coming back for me as the folk here chop it off so kindly!

Thanks all

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
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Hi Pete, I agree with all your id's.

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