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Black-bellied plovers (winter plumage)        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Like many shorebirds, black-bellied plovers undertake long migrations and have striking annual plumage changes.  This species breeds in the Arctic and many winter along the Pacific and Atlantic coasts.  These photos show birds on beaches and mudflats (typical winter habitat).   The running birds were in Pacific Grove, California, and the other plovers were at Fort DeSoto Park, Florida (one is eating a large lugworm), Crystal Cove State Park, California or San Diego, California.   These are all in the relatively subdued winter plumage; another page shows the strikingly-marked breeding birds.

This page shows winter-plumage black-bellied plovers in flight.

  • Canon 10D, 1D Mk. II, 1D3, or 1D4, 500 mm IS lens plus 2X converter or 800 mm IS lens, some with 1.4X converter, many with fill-in flash (2003-2006, 2008-2010, 2012, 2014)