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Magellanic Plover - Pluvianellus socialis - Chorlo de Magallanes | by Paul B Jones
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Magellanic Plover - Pluvianellus socialis - Chorlo de Magallanes

As with other shorebirds, there was no point in chasing this rare species around its habitat. The better way was to assess its general direction of travel, drop down, and patiently await its approach.

 

On the day of our visit, these birds were dividing their time between two different habitats and two different foraging methods. The one above is demonstrating its wetland technique, stirring the mud with its bright pink feet, and picking at anything revealed by the commotion. If you look closely you can see the water and mud being roiled in a circular motion by the stationary bird - similar to the approach adopted by flamingos.

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Taken on November 14, 2016