Grey Plovers

Location: Mtwapa on the coast of Kenya

This flock of grey plovers were mainly in their non-breeding plumage, but there are one or two visible with the strong black from face to belly of the breeding plumage. The in-flight images show the characteristic ‘black axillaries, white rump and obvious wing bar ‘ ( Birds of East Africa; Stevenson and Fanshawe). They were all having great fun up and down the beach, playing in the shallows and on the sand. They allowed me to get fairly close and then almost as one they lifted off into the air for another pass along the shore before landing a little further away.