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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

BREEDING MALE BANDED DOTTEREL, ASHLEY-RAKAHURI RIVER ESTUARY, NORTH CANTERBURY, SOUTH ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND

   We can ID this plover as a breeding male Banded Dotterel (or Double-banded Dotterel) by its dark, grey-brown back; distinctive white chest with a narrow band of black just below the neck running across the chest along with a broad chestnut band underneath and sturdy black bill.
   The Banded Dotterel is a new species to our Photographic Life List, which now stands at 749.