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Bird Sightings : Hebrides : Kentish Plover

Hebrides bird sightings -  Kentish Plover

Kentish Plover (Snowy Plover)

Charadrius alexandrinus


Photography © Terry Fountain
Lochdar - South Uist - Outer Hebrides (Western Isles)
11th November, 2007

"just before Hebridean Jewellers park on left"

"Having spoken to Brian, I had not realised just how rare this species is for the Hebrides. It does not appear on the “checklist” for the Islands either, a very important record it would appear. Hopefully it will over winter and allow many folk to have a good look..."


Our Kentish Plover Photographs

Kentish Plover
Kentish Plover
Kentish Plover
Kentish Plover
Kentish Plover
Kentish Plover
Kentish Plover
Kentish Plover


  • Kentish Plover
  • AKA: Snowy Plover
  • Charadrius alexandrinus
  • 34 annual UK records BTO
  • UK Former Breeder, Scarce Visitor
  • Breeds: "Locally" in Europe, Asia, (NOT KENT or rest of UK)
  • Winters: South Europe - Central Africa, South-East Asia
  • Habitat: Beaches, mudflats, rivers, lochs
  • Small wader, like ringed plover, but smaller, paler, longer-legged & thinner-billed. Breast band never complete, & usually as dark lateral patches on sides of breast. Greyish-brown above, white below. Summer adults' breast markings black, otherwise brown. Legs black. Flight: Flight feathers blackish & strong white wingbar
  • Diet: Inland: Insects. Coastal: Crustaceans, worms, molluscs (run & pause)


Unusual in that it buries it's eggs. A rather sensible act as it was almost hounded to extinction by eggers and taxidermists until it gained protected status.

The bird once had a UK breeding stronghold in Kent and Sussex. Then in the 19th Century the species was recognised as separate to the ringed plover and specimens became instantly sought after...(still declining in numbers)


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