I’m closing out 2015 with blogpost #803 and a very special bird. I missed seeing one of these tiny plovers during the summer (mentioned in reply to one of my WordPress followers on my Killdeer post earlier this year), but my subject, finally sighted–albeit in its non-breeding plumage (the bands between and under the eyes, and on the breast are black during breeding season)–is no less beautiful for it!
I’m about 15-20 feet away. this bird is even smaller than the Dunlins and Sanderlings!
f/7.1, 1/1000, 150-500mm telephoto lens, 500mm, ISO 400
This is a rare bird for this time of the year. Semipalmated Plovers winter on the coasts of the Southern U.S., Central America, and South America. This one was frequenting the shores of Boundary Bay Regional Park during (very) high tide, on December 9, with a flock of Dunlin (12) and Sanderlings (at least 60) on a surprisingly sunny (and warm) day.