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Caspian Plover (adult, non-breeding vagrant)

More photos from our annual visit to Bird Island | Seychelles - a privately owned, remote, coral sand cay island situated in the Indian Ocean just south of the equator, some 1200km off the East African coast - the northernmost island of the Seychelles archipelago.

 

Caspian Plover (Eupoda asiatica)

A small, elegant, long-necked plover, which initially at distance looks very much like the Greater Sand Plover. Non-breeding birds are dark grey-brown above and white below, with an unbroken buff band across the upper chest. The species breeds from the Caspian Sea to northwest China, wintering in South Africa up the coast to the Red Sea. It’s an occasional vagrant to the Indian subcontinent and an even scarcer visitor to the Seychelles. As far as I can understand this was the first time the species has been recorded on Bird Island; so a lucky encounter and another new bird for my list, hence three photos. Like many so-called ‘shorebirds’ it actually favours short grassland areas such as island airstrips rather than the shoreline.

 

NB. this particular species of plover has recently been reclassified into genus Eupoda - it was formerly named Charadrius asiaticus.

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Taken on November 17, 2015