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

We waited for the Oriental Plover to come back today until dusk and it did not; not disappointed though, we had it last Friday already. Yet I was there as well for the other Plovers in which I myself is so in love with them. With shutter speed going down to 1/60 sec., ISO 3200, and f/5.6, some magic can happen.

I was skimming way down low on wet sand and these lovely comical babies came just right in front of me. For all the crawling and the risk of sand getting into the lens and camera, something efforts pay off.

The Lesser Sand Plover is listed as a Least Concern bird, it is a small wader and breeding above the treeline of the Himalayas, winters at Indian beaches and also in Thailand; eating crustaceans, insects, and annelid worms as these are abundant at the locations they are found.

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

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