Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius
Mid Bucks - 29th March 2008
Photo copyright Tim Watts
A newly arrived pair at a breeding site in Mid Bucks.
Little Marlow GP - 28th May 2005
Photos copyright Adrian Parker
Little Ringed Plovers breed at several sites in the county, usually preferring man-made lakes where there is exposed gravel or stones to make a nest. The above photos were taken on the sand spit at Little Marlow Gravel Pit, which is a good place to see the species in Spring and early summer.
Little Marlow GP - 26th May 2002
Photo copyright Jim Rose
The male was clearly looking "frisky" so I thought a few shots of him displaying to the female might be interesting. However within about a minute the displaying ended and copulation began. About 20 yards away a pair of Common Terns were also copulating. It was clearly the right time of year!