American Golden-Plovers breed in the Arctic tundra and migrate to southern South America.
In fall, they must fly to wintering grounds in Patagonia, a round trip of about 25,000 miles, including 2,400 miles non-stop over open ocean, one of the longest known migratory routes. They cannot rest on the ocean, as they do not swim.
They must build large stores of fat at stopover areas during migration. Their body weight may increase by 30-50% in preparation for the long flight
They are uncommon but regular visitors to NE Illinois
Photographed at a sod farm in Kaneville, Kane County, Illinois. (Click on image for video and more views).
Photo submission to the BIRD D’pot
August 26th, 2012 at 12:40 pm Oh my goodness!!!! What a wonderful photo of the plover. Well composed; showing us how nature tends to use a natural camouflage for protection. I love this. Thanks for linking up this weekend at the Bird D’Pot.
August 26th, 2012 at 3:17 pm Beautiful!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.
August 27th, 2012 at 5:53 am Great shot of a fantastic bird. Very rare here in the UK.
August 27th, 2012 at 9:17 am Very good capture!
August 28th, 2012 at 2:44 pm an amazing bird; love it’s plumage!
September 5th, 2012 at 2:45 pm Thak you, all, for visiting and leaving such kind comments!