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Snowy plover        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Snowy plovers are charming little birds that nest on salt lakes and beaches.   They closely resemble the piping plover, but are darker above and lack the piping plover's orange legs.  The winter-plumage birds were photographed at Crystal Cove State Park in southern California; the panting bird was at Desert Center, California on a hot July day.   Other images of snowy plovers are here and here.

  • Canon 1D4 or 7D2; 800 mm IS lens, most with 1.4X converter and fill-in flash (2014, 2015)