It was whilst walking along the beach at Kommetjie, a coastal village near Cape Town in South Africa, that I came across a pair of White-fronted Plovers. Charming Charadrius marginatus.
This tiny plover is endemic to Africa, south of the Sahara.
The female flushed from a patch of broken shells by a mat of beached Kelp weed. She didn’t flush very far until an unleashed dog dashed past. She retreated to the nearby rocks and was quickly joined by the male.
The male showed a slight flush on his flanks, but both sexes will sometimes carry a little colour. If you really need to separate them, the male has a dark bar across the top of his forehead which is often much less obvious in the female.
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