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Wilson's Plover
Charadrius wilsonia
The Wilson's Plover (Charadrius wilsonia) is quite distinctive among the smaller plovers typically found on Texas beaches due to its especially long and thick bill. It normally nests quite near the beach, but this particular female had a nest with three eggs (two of which later hatched) about 25 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico in Kenedy Co., Texas. On the photo of the bird sitting on the nest one of the eggs is barely visible just above the bird's right foot. The photos shown here were taken in June, 2000, with a Canon EOS 1N & EF 600mm F4L lens with a 1.4X extender. The camera and lens were mounted on a vehicle window mount. The film used was Fuji Velvia pushed one stop.
The next 4 shots shown here were taken near the Gulf coast of southern Tamaulipas, Mexico, in May, 2007. These images were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark II and EF 500mm F/4 L IS lens and 2X extender. A male is on the right, followed by three shots of a female bathing and stretching.
The next 6 images of Wilson's Plover show a male on South Padre Island, Cameron Co., Texas, in May, 2010. These shots were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and an EF 800mm F/5.6 L IS lens and 1.4X extender.
Wilson's Plover
Charadrius wilsonia
Sea Rim State Park,
Jefferson Co., Texas
20 May 2013
Wilson's Plover
Charadrius wilsonia
Sea Rim State Park,
Jefferson Co., Texas
20 May 2013
Wilson's Plover
Charadrius wilsonia
Rollover Pass,
Galveston Co., Texas
21 May 2013
Wilson's Plover
Charadrius wilsonia
Bolivar Flats,
Galveston Co., Texas
28 March 2015
Wilson's Plover
Charadrius wilsonia
Bolivar Flats,
Galveston Co., Texas
28 March 2015
Wilson's Plover
Charadrius wilsonia
Crystal Beach,
Galveston Co., Texas
28 March 2015
Wilson's Plover
Charadrius wilsonia
Bolivar Flats,
Galveston Co., Texas
24 September 2015
Wilson's Plover
Charadrius wilsonia
Bolivar Flats,
Galveston Co., Texas
24 September 2015
Wilson's Plover
Charadrius wilsonia
Sea Rim State Park,
Jefferson Co., Texas
31 March 2016
Wilson's Plover
Charadrius wilsonia
Sea Rim State Park,
Jefferson Co., Texas
31 March 2016
Wilson's Plover
Charadrius wilsonia
Rollover Pass,
Galveston Co., Texas
5 April 2017
Wilson's Plover
Charadrius wilsonia
Rollover Pass,
Galveston Co., Texas
5 April 2017