Copyright © 2017 by Ali Bernie Buga-ay, all rights reserved. Greater Sand Plover: this photograph may not be used without permission.

The Greater Sand Plover is listed on as Least Concern bird which breeds in the semi-desserts of Turkey and eastward Central Asia; nesting on bare ground, it winters on sandy beaches in south Asia, Africa, and Australasia. Well, we have this baby in Thailand as well.

Skimming on wet sand to watch and photograph this bird was a real joy and I would just do it over and over again as plovers allow humans to come close as they are comfortable before they comically run away with their heads pointed down, as they are cornered, they suddenly remember that they could fly. As soon as they have found a sandbar during low tide, they would fly around in a short distance staying low near the water and then land together.

For me and my wife, they have been a great joy to watch. There are so much knowledge to explore about plovers and I am just excited for another chance to do so.

Pranburi Forest Park, Thailand
April 9, 2017
Nikon D500 + Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR


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2 Comments to: Greater Sand Plover (male)

  1. Neil Cairns

    May 26th, 2019

    A fantastic low level shot in its breeding plumage. Bang Pu is a really good reserve but cant do this sort of shot there! Hope to get to Pak Thale next year.

    • May 27th, 2019

      Thanks a lot Neil, i just found myself being at the right place and the right time… that is hard to find such moment unless we go out everyday hahahaha and we don’t have this luxury of time yet…


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