Bird of the Month - December 2016
In preparation for our forthcoming trip to the Albufera, the bird featured here is one of the most common to be seen around the marsh with a resident population running into the thousands.
The Kentish Plover is a typical small wader, one of several species which scoot around the edges of the water looking for any titbit to feed on, mostly insects, crustaceans and worms. They got their name from the breeding population which used to be found around the shingle banks of Dungeness but sadly they no longer occur in the U.K. as a breeding species, only as a rarity.
It took me many years to see my one and only example, a single bird which landed at its previous haunt on the Kent coast. I received news of it on the pager service and a few minutes later, I was on my way. I forgot to tell my employer though, and when I got back from my very extended lunch break, I nearly lost my job.
Happily, no such problems here in Mallorca where I have the luxury of studying them at my leisure.