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Red-capped dotterel        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Australia has a number of small plovers, or dotterels.   This one, the red-capped dotterel, is common and widely distributed on beaches and mudflats.   These were patrolling the edges of a huge tidal mudflat off Buffalo Creek, near Darwin in the Northern Territory; others were at the Cairns Esplanade in Queensland and near Albany in Western Australia.   They were rather shy and difficult to photograph; a long lens helped but most of these images are strongly cropped.

  • Canon 7D2, 800 mm IS lens plus 1.4X extender, fill-in flash (2015, 2016)