“Western” Snowy Plover

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Cricket and I biked along the bay trail today. We had several Snowy Plovers along the Ravenswood portion at the Dumbarton Bridge. Two or three were first-summer birds exploring the area independently. An adult male caught my attention because it was shedding it’s bright breeding plumage and beginning to drab-out. It showed some fringing on his back and retained a slight cinnamon on the crown, but had lost some of its intensity. The transition plumage seemed like a nice subject. This portrait was done with heavy photo reference.

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