This page illustrates a selection of birds from a large flock (>700) of roosting European Golden-Plovers Pluvialis apricaria.

1. European Golden-Plover Pluvialis apricaria, Kenfig Pool National Nature Reserve, Wales, December 24, 2003.  Note the chubby shape, short legs, short projection of primary tips beyond tail tip and strong yellow wash to the head.

2. European Golden-Plover P. apricaria, Kenfig Pool National Nature Reserve, Wales, December 24, 2003.

3. European Golden-Plovers P. apricaria, Kenfig Pool National Nature Reserve, Wales, December 24, 2003.  On the bird in front, the tertials look short, with 4 primary tips protruding beyond the tip of the longest tertial.

4. European Golden-Plovers P. apricaria, Kenfig Pool National Nature Reserve, Wales, December 24, 2003.

5. European Golden-Plover P. apricaria, Kenfig Pool National Nature Reserve, Wales, December 24, 2003.

6. European Golden-Plovers P. apricaria, Kenfig Pool National Nature Reserve, Wales, December 24, 2003.  One bird partly in alternate plumage.

7. European Golden-Plovers P. apricaria, Kenfig Pool National Nature Reserve, Wales, December 24, 2003.  Note the white axillaries and underwing.

8. European Golden-Plovers P. apricaria, Kenfig Pool National Nature Reserve, Wales, December 24, 2003.  Note the bright white wingbar on the bird in the center.

Other tundra plover photographs on this site:

Pacific Golden-Plovers Pt Reyes NS, California, USA 11-23-2003

American Golden-Plover Pt Reyes NS, California, USA 09-20-2003

American Golden-Plover Pt Reyes NS, California, USA 09-27-2003

Black-bellied Plover Pt Reyes NS, California, USA 09-27-2003

© Stephen J. Davies

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