Saturday, February 25, 2012

Saturday Evening Creature Feature: Pacific Golden Plover

The Pacific Golden Plover is a winter visitor to the Hawaiian Island. Many of these birds come directly from Alaska across 4500km of open seas.

©2012 Steve Borichevsky

Think about that for a moment. The Hawaiian Islands are isolated. This is quite a feet of navigation.

©2012 Steve Borichevsky

The Pacific Golden Plover is rather common in Hawaii. We found them in urban areas, on golf courses and on the lava flows at the edge of the ocean.

©2012 Steve Borichevsky

I got an email from a SMU visitor stating that they stake out a territory and the locals in her area give them names.

©2012 Steve Borichevsky

These plovers are in their winter plumage. From their northern Eurasia and Alaskan breeding grounds, they will migrate as far south as Capetown South Africa, Australia and New Zeeland.

©2012 Steve Borichevsky


bunnits said...

Great shots. I love the colors in the feathers

Andrew said...

Fantastic images of a beautiful little bird..

Merisi said...

What a brave and beautiful traveler it is!
Gorgeous images, the bird's camouflage seems to fit just right for the islands.

The Sweetest Days said...

What a wonderful little bird! I'm glad you had time to get in so much photography while you were in Hawaii, Steve.

betty said...

How wonderful to have captured a Kolea bird in flight. They seem to always be landed. Bob Krauss, a beloved columnist here in Hawaii, wrote articles on the Kolea. He was their voice, their special friend. He would have loved your photos. They are fantastic.

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