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Large (greater) sand plover        Images © Mark A. Chappell

This Asian plover is rather like the kildeer of North America, although a bit smaller.   It migrates to equatorial regions and the temperate southern hemisphere during the Boreal winter.   These winter-plumage birds were photographed on the Cairns Esplanade in far north Queensland.   The species is very similar to the lesser sand plover but is larger, with a proportionally longer bill.

  • Canon 1D3 or 7D2; 500 mm IS lens plus 2X extender or 800 mm IS lens with 1.4X extender (2009, 2016)