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Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus)

Breeding Adult

Family: Plovers

Atlantic City--Steel Pier

Atlantic County, NJ


Drakes Beach, Point Reyes National Seashore, Marin County, California

The Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus) is among the few plovers whose numbers are apparently increasing, perhaps owing to its versatility in food and habitat choice, its wide-spread coastal winter distribution, or its habitat expansion in the sub-Arctic as a result of disturbance by both humans and arctic geese. Copyright :copyright: Kim Toews and Kim Toews Photography. Please contact Kim Toews for purchasing and publishing options.


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Corte Madera Marsh, Marin County, CA.

This is perhaps an unusual perspective for shorebirds, but I really liked the look of this straight on frame.


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Semipalmated Plover - Charadrius semipalmatus

Cape May, New Jersey


Photograph captured with a Canon EOS 1Dx camera and Canon 600mm f/4 IS lens paired with a 1.4x extender


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Catoptrophorus semipalmatus


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Catoptrophorus semipalmatus, Honeymoon Island Causeway, Dunedin, FL (Feb 2017) DSC_2061


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This Willet bird was actively walking around the seaweed when we were at The Canaveral National Seashore ~


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The willet (Tringa semipalmata), formerly in the monotypic genus Catoptrophorus as Catoptrophorus semipalmatus, is a large shorebird in the sandpiper family. It is a good-sized and stout scolopacid, the largest of the shanks. Its closest relative is the lesser yellowlegs, a much smaller bird with a very different appearance apart from the fine, clear, and dense pattern of the neck, which both species show in breeding plumage.


Adults have gray legs and a long, straight, dark and stout bill. The body is dark gray above and light underneath. The tail is white with a dark band at the end. The distinctive black and white pattern of the wings is a common sight along many North American coastal beaches.


Two subspecies (which may actually be different species) have very different breeding habitats and ranges. The eastern willet breeds in coastal saltmarshes from Nova Scotia to Mexico and the Caribbean. It winters on the Atlanticcoast of South America. The western willet breeds in freshwater prairie marshes in western North America. It winters on both coasts, from the mid-Atlantic states south to at least Brazil on the Atlantic, and from Oregon south to Peruand Chile on the Pacific.


Willets nest on the ground, usually in well-hidden locations in short grass, often in colonies. These birds forage on mudflats or in shallow water, probing or picking up food by sight. They mainly eat insects, crustaceans and marine worms, but also eat some plant material.


The willet's population declined sharply due to hunting in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Their population has since increased, but they are still considered at risk, especially in light of continued habitat loss.


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Quebec trip 2013 - Day #2

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Gravelot semipalmé - Charadrius semipalmatus - Semipalmated Plover

This species is seen throughout or entire contiguous 48 states.... at least during migration routes. The eastern birds are coastal while the western birds may breed inland and migrate to both coasts. Western birds are also larger (~10%) than their eastern cousins.


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Willets (Catoptrophorus semipalmatus).

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(Catoptrophorus semipalmatus inornatus) / Western Willet / Chorlo.


Other names: Vadeador Aliblanco.


Size: 33 - 41 cm. / Weight: 215 g.


Photo taken in Los Corbanitos, Dominican Republic on October 31, 2009.

Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge

Galloway, NJ

A willet stands defiantly on a piece of driftwood against the crashing waves of the ocean, shot at Stump Pass beach in Florida.

Charadrius semipalmatus

This species is among the few plovers whose numbers appear to be increasing, perhaps due to its versatility in food and habitat choice.

Colorado, East Salinas, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Two Willet shorebirds in silhouette on wet sand during a golden sunset on Morro Strand State Beach in Morro Bay, CA.

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Two Willet birds in silhouette (Tringa semipalmata; formerly Catoptrophorus semipalmatus) on Morro Strand State Beach just north of Morro Rock in Morro Bay, CA 09jan2008 - photo by Michael "Mike" L. Baird Canon 5D w/ 100-400mm IS lens, polarizer, handheld.


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Semi Plovers and Sandpipers migrating together on the coast of Maine. Semipalmated simply means "partially webbed" toes.

Most birds scamper or fly away when they see me pointing a lens at them, but not this Plover. He kept coming closer and closer. At one point, I had to back up to get all of him in my frame.


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Charadrius semipalmatus


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Willet (Catoptrophorus semipalmatus) perched along the coast on the rocks at the North Rest Stop of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in St Petersburg, FL

Semipalmated Plover - Charadrius semipalmatus

Cape May, New Jersey


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Photograph captured with a Canon EOS 1Dx camera and Canon 600mm f/4 IS lens paired with a 1.4x extender


The Willets I usually see are grayer than this one. This is an adult in breeding plumage.

(Thanks Diane and Maureen for telling me its age!)




(Catoptrophorus semipalmatus)



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Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus) - Fort De Soto, Florida


Still going through photos from my last trip to Florida. Here is a Semipalmated Plover in the surf on North Beach in Fort De Soto. I am hoping to see a few of these in Nova Scotia soon. Although I doubt that it will be as forthcoming with having its photo taken.


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Semipalmated Plover - (Charadrius semipalmatus) - Hartlen Point, Nova Scotia


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Semipalmated Plover ~ (Charadrius semipalmatus) - Tarpon Springs, Florida


The sunrise illuminates this semipalmated plover in Tarpon Springs, Florida.


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Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus)

Rock Point, Ontario


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Asian Dowitcher Limnodromus semipalmatus

Changzhi,Shanxi China

Familia: Charadriidae

Orden: Charadriiformes

Nombre común: Chorlitejo Semipalmado - Chorlitejo Semipalmeado - Chorlito palmado - Chorlito Semipalmado - Chorlito Semipalmeado - Chorlo semipalmado - Chorlo Semipalmeado - Corlitejo Semipalmado - Frailecillo Semipalmeado - Playerito Semipalmado - Playero - Playero Acollarado - Playero semipalmeado

Nombre científico: Charadrius semipalmatus

Nombre Ingles: American Ringed Plover - Semipalmated Plover

Status: Migratorio

Lugar de captura: Bani - Salinas Puerto Hermoso

Pais: Republica Dominicana


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