Piping Plovers

No dogs were allowed on the beach.  No dogs and no off road vehicles.   Why?  Because of the Piping Plovers.  I was lucky enough to meet the the whole family.

Here’s Dad.  He was the first one I saw.   He was walking from the water’s edge towards me.  I sat down and took a few pictures.

Piping Plover dad

Then I noticed the babies.

Piping Plover Baby

They were pretty far away, but I tried to get a few shots.

Piping Plover Baby

I wanted to get just a tad closer.  Not much, mind you, I just wanted a slightly better shot.

Piping Plover Baby

Mom Piping Plover didn’t think it was a good idea.   She flew and landed right in front of me as soon as I stood up and before could take a step.

Piping Plover Mom

Anytime I moved even the slightest she turned towards me and dared me to try to move any closer.  The flies were beginning to eat me alive.

I backtracked a few paces and started to head towards the water.  You see, the birds were between me and the car and I figured the only way around was to wade through the water around them.  After a step towards the water Mom flew and landed in front of me again.  (Actually, the picture above was taken after I moved and she followed me.)

I backtracked farther and moved toward the water again.  She kept her eye on me the whole time even though I tried to stay as far away as possible.  I guess I was good since she didn’t chase after me again.

Piping Plover Baby

Note – The pictures of the chicks are very heavily cropped.  Even with a telephoto lens they were just blips on the photo.  I was pretty far away.

11 thoughts on “Piping Plovers

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  2. sonyaliraphotography

    I have not taken Daisy to the beach yet but plan on doing that soon. She loves her plastic pool but does not want to be squirted with a water hose. She will run in the rain she loves that. Shes so strange…

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Fiyero likes his little plastic pools and enjoys drinking from the hose. If it is his idea to go into the stream from the hose he enjoys it but he doesn’t like to be squirted. Hope your throwing arm is getting better so you you can play ball with Daisy soon.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks Sonya. Unfortunately the beach we can take the puppy to is the same one closed to dogs because of the Piping Plover. He is still young enough to love whatever we do with him as long as we’re involved.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      The mother was about the size of my fist and was willing to take me on to protect her chicks. Very feisty! I think a lot of mothers can be like that to protect their kids.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks Sabrina! It was kind of funny. Somebody told me where to look. I was standing at a sign that said, “Don’t cross this Point” scanning the nesting area with my camera. After a while I gave up only to find that they were right behind me.

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