Piping Plover, winter plumage
Small Hope Bay / Andros Island, The Bahamas
This plover is a fairly common non-breeding resident in the Northern Bahamas and the only one that was seen on our birding trip. On a broader scale though, this plover is considered endangered, mainly due to loss of its required habitat for breeding and nesting. It was hanging out in a rocky area of Small Hope Bay with as many as 5 Wilson's Plovers (I, myself can count for 3 of the 5 Wilson's Plovers). As you can see from this image, this Piping Plover is undergoing a serious moult of its feathers in preparation for its spring flight north to its breeding grounds.