Plovers are one of my favorite shorebirds, partly because they’re easier to identify than peeps.
This one is a semipalmated plover, distinguished by his single black belly band and black and white forehead. Bobby Greene snapped this photo just as the bird was taking a step so you can even see the semi-palms between his toes that give him his name.
To me this plover is “The Bird with the Headlamp.”
Can you guess why?
(photo by Bobby Greene)