This Spring I have been fortunate enough to enjoy two encounters with Oriental Plovers, surely one of the best looking birds in China..! These charismatic waders breed in north eastern China and south eastern Russia with the majority of the population wintering in north-west Australia. The population is estimated to be around 160,000 individuals.
These birds pass through the Beijing area on passage at the end of March and early April and Wild Duck Lake (Ma Chang in particular) is a regular site. They can be very confiding and, this year, I have been able to capture some pleasing images and a short video. On 5 April I counted 19 of these stunning birds at Ma Chang in a variety of plumages.
I took this video handholding my Canon EOS7D with 400mm f5.6 lens. Image has been ‘stabilised’ using iMovie.
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Nice pics showing the variety in the group! Some very handsome ones in there. Sorry to see the dust storm – hope its not too unpleasant there… (we get some of that here)
Thanks Gretchen. The dust makes it very uncomfortable to do any birdwatching. We just need some rain to improve things… everything is so dry!
Nineteen Oriental Plovers !!! I’m jealous.
I was astonished by the number, too… There may have been more. I briefly saw a flock of 10 similar-sized plovers, unfortunately against the sun, at the same time as the 19 were on the ground. Ma Chang is clearly a good site for them in spring.