Two adult Golden Plover (subspecies P. a. apricaria) in Winter plumage at Oare Marshes - September 2011
Featured Subspecies: Pluvialis apricaria apricaria
In my oppinion, easily one of Britain's most handsome waders, the golden plover is often seen in large flocks in winter in suitable wetland habitat. In summer, it breeds in various highland areas, so realistically it's probably better to aim for seeing them on passage or in winter. The summer bird has a dramatic black front while the winter plumage replaces it with a less striking pale belly. Photographically, it's a medium sized wader, so if you are lucky enough to be in a hide relatively close to them you should have no trouble at all.
Subspecies: P. a. altifrons, P. a. apricaria
- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - Localised breeding species (38,00-59,000 pairs) and locally abundant Winter visitor (420,000 birds)
- Birds seen at sites including but not limited to Rutland Water, Oare Marshes, Elmley Marshes, Pitsford Reservoir and once a passage flock at Geddington.
Further Information: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List