A rare privilege

The hooded plover is considered a vulnerable bird in South Australia.
There may be no more than 500 hooded plovers left.

Yorke Peninsula 22-26 September 2014 079

I’m lucky enough to see them reasonably often —
when we go camping at Yorke Peninsula,
and also on our home beach south of Adelaide.


They’re always in a pair, a trio or a quartet when I see them —
never alone.
They scurry along the shore,
instantly distinguishable from the more common red-capped plover
by their size, and their gorgeous black hood.
I hope I’ll keep seeing them for the rest of my life.


I hope.

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