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Bits-n-Pieces on May 26, 2009

The Piping Plover is a small bird (related to killdeer) that nests on open beaches. Not especially compatible with a beach-loving human population, and now considered endangered. Because most of Plum Island is a Wildlife Refuge, most of the ocean-front beach is closed to entry until about mid-August. But the very southern tip of the island is State Park beach, not refuge, so it does remain open to the public, but with a large fenced in area to keep people out. This little guy was still zooming around, in and out of the fenced in area, putting on a pretty good Roadrunner impression, peep peeep peeping as he ran.

not1word on May 26, 2009

I like how they run around in the surf line getting dinner.

diannemcd on May 27, 2009

Looks a little like the beach in Masset???????

Marbiz on May 27, 2009

That's a very cute little bird. Thanks for the commentary too.

Bits-n-Pieces on May 27, 2009

Thanks n1w, dianne, and marbiz - LOL, lots of drift wood, Dianne, but that's about the only similarity - well, that and there were a LOT of guys there with fancy cameras on tripods....hmmmm!

I think this was the first time I've seen one of these piping plovers - though the bigger and darker semi-palmated ones are pretty common. But it's interesting how these little guys pretty much rule over the 6 miles or so of barrier beach. So it was quite an honor to have him zooming around. The grid behind him is the solar-powered electrified fencing to protect the nesting areas.

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  • Uploaded on May 26, 2009
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    by Bits-n-Pieces
    • Taken on 2009/05/25 19:53:29
    • Exposure: 0.005s (1/200)
    • Focal Length: 200.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/7.100
    • ISO Speed: ISO400
    • Exposure Bias: -0.33 EV
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