Daily Archives: August 5, 2017

Piping Plover

Piping Plover, Laudholm Beach, Wells, Maine

There are a few Piping Plovers nesting in a protected area at the mouth of the Little River where it crosses Laudholm Beach. The numbers of surviving chicks each year can be counted on the fingers of one hand. They are just hanging on in Maine, and endangered over their whole range. The main problem is predication and human encroachment on their habitat. They nest on the same beaches where humans come to sunbathe and run their dogs…and despite all kinds of signs, and rope enclousures, people and dogs do overrun their nesting areas. I saw only two Piping Plovers on Laudholm beach that I could identify for sure, and maybe a small of flock of a dozen or so in the air. When they are in the rocks like this, where they prefer to feed, they are almost impossible to see. 

Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. Program mode. My special Birds in flight and action settings. Processed in Polarr.