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American Golden Plover Photos

Photography by Terry Sohl

My Favorite: A nemesis!  Some years I don't see them at all.  Some springs I see quite a few of them! However, they've always been a rather nervous species for me, never allowing close approach, and rarely giving any opportunity to get photographs.  I've really only had a couple of occasions to get even halfway recognizable photos of American Golden Plovers...in October of 2014 when a few non-breeding plumage birds appeared, and in May of 2018, a spring when it seemed like every other wet field had American Golden Plovers. My favorite is of course of a breeding plumaged bird, taken in a flooded field during that 2018 spring. I love taking photos of shorebirds, but few can match the beauty of a summer plumage American Golden Plover.  Gloomy, miserable light, but I was glad to finally get ANY photo of a breeding plumaged bird. Taken on May 12th, 2018 in Lincoln County, South Dakota.

American Golden Plover - Pluvialis dominica

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American Golden Plover 1

October 7th, 2014

Weisensee Slough, Minnehaha County, South Dakota

American Golden Plover 2

October 7th, 2014

Weisensee Slough, Minnehaha County, South Dakota

American Golden Plover 3

October 7th, 2014

Weisensee Slough, Minnehaha County, South Dakota

American Golden Plover 4

May 12th, 2018

Lincoln County, South Dakota

American Golden Plover - Pluvialis dominica

American Golden Plover - Pluvialis dominica

American Golden Plover - Pluvialis dominica

American Golden Plover - Pluvialis dominica

American Golden Plover 5

May 12th, 2018

Lincoln County, South Dakota

American Golden Plover 6

May 12th, 2018

Lincoln County, South Dakota

American Golden Plover 7

May 12th, 2018

Lincoln County, South Dakota

American Golden Plover 8

May 12th, 2018

Lincoln County, South Dakota

Click here for the species description page for the American Golden Plover.


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