A Grey Plover feeding on the strandline at Coodanup, Peel Inlet

A Grey Plover feeding on the strandline at Coodanup, Peel Inlet
Species: Grey Plover   Pluvialis squatarola
Subspecies: squatarola
Author: Bob Humphries and Sally Robinson
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Added to IBC: 22 Mar 2019 - 04:13
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The Grey (or Black-bellied) Plover (Pluvialis squatarola) is a non-breeding migrant to Australia from the Arctic in the southern summer.  Grey Plovers are seen in small numbers on the estuaries of southern Western Australia, where they hunt small invertebrates along the strandline.  This bird was one of three at Coodanup on the eastern shore of Peel Inlet.   It stopped feeding occasionally to drive away a nearby Grey-tailed Tattler. 

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Bob Humphries and Sally Robinson, IBC1572716. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1572716.

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Bob Humphries and Sally Robinson, IBC1572716. Video of Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola at Coodanup, Australia. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1572716.

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