Top hat and tails

This Pacific golden plover is all dressed up with somewhere to go, and that somewhere is the Arctic. These birds overwinter in Hawaii, and elsewhere, before heading north to their summer nesting grounds. But before they go, they lose their usual pale front for this snappy look. Not quite top hat and tails, but awfully close.

Posted in response to Becky’s April Squares challenge theme of ‘Top.’ See more responses here.

11 thoughts on “Top hat and tails

    1. Graham Post author

      It’s the bird that led humans to Hawaii, so the story goes. Polynesians saw it coming from the north each fall and heading back that way each spring and figured that this little bird must be headed to land in that direction.

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        1. Graham Post author

          Some plovers go all the way down to Australia and New Zealand. It’s a remarkable journey, mostly over open ocean, for such a small bird.

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