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.

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This tiny plover is endemic to Africa, south of the Sahara.

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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.

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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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In this case, the male is on the left.
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Redgannet has been working for over 33 years as a crew member/flight attendant and enjoys the well-ventilated air of the outdoors. The nom de blog, Redgannet, was adopted to add an air of mystery and to make himself more attractive to women. His father first whetted Redguga's appetite for all things natural by buying him his first pair of 7x35s and a copy of Thorburn's Birds. Having no mentor beyond an indulgent parent, he spent the first season hoping for an Egyptian Vulture at the bird table in his English garden. His most memorable birding moment is seeing an Egyptian Vulture with those same binoculars 26 years later. Redgannet is married to Canon, but his heart and half of his house belongs to Helen and their son Joseph. He is looking forward to communicating with people who don't ask if he is searching for the "feathered variety" of bird.