055/365 Spur winged Plover

Todays image, 055, is of a Spur winged Plover. We found a pair of these birds nesting near a small pool by our hotel. Due to the amount of human traffic around the pool, the male was constantly trying to push people away from the sitting female. It made for great flight shots of this species. You can see the ‘spurs’ on the wing, from where it gets its name.

Spur winged Plover, Vanellus miles, Red Sea, Egypt, April, 2009.
Canon 40D with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS.

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