Monday, 23 September 2013

American Golden Plover

I made a trip to the Loop Head peninsula in Co. Clare today and stopped off in Kilkee to see the American Golden Plover that has been on the beach there for just over week now. The bird, an adult moulting out of summer plumage, was feeding on the tide line with a mix of other waders at the western end of the beach.

American Golden Plover ©Tom Tarpey
The were small numbers of Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher and a lone juvenile Bar-tailed Godwit along with Sanderling and Turnestone also feeding in the same area.

Juvenile Dunlin acquiring winter plumage.
Juvenile Ringed Plover
1st Summer Oystercatcher
Juvenile Bar-tailed Godwit

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