In summer plumages
These fine images of male and female Lesser Sand Plovers were taken earlier this month (part of group of c 200) by Simon Buckell in Mersing, east coast peninsular Malaysia. Unfortunately like a number of SE Asian wetlands, construction on new development which will destroy shorebird habitat also began this month.
Lesser Sand Plover ‘atrifrons group’
Adult female Lesser Sand Plover, Malaysia, 2nd May 2012. Simon Buckell. Compare the much fresher upperparts (especially wing coverts) on the Lessers above with the much more worn feathers on Greaters below. Overall Lessers moult in and out of summer plumage a couple of months later than these West Asian Greater Sand Plovers.
Greater Sand Plover
Thought to compare I would add these, taken at the wonderful K20 salt pans, Eilat, S. Israel, on our my last day this year (end of the Eilat Bird Festival). The adult male seems obvious enough but what age and sex are the other 2, differently plumage individuals?