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Ringed Plover nesting

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Sandlóa – Ringed Plover – Charadrius hiaticula

This weekend we drove into the interior for our annual bird count of the Fishing Lakes area, Veiðivötn, in the Southern part of the Icelandic highlands. The snow is melting quickly now and most roads have cleared. We came across this pair of Ringed Plovers that were hoping around their nest, keeping intruders away.

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Ringed Plovers are migrants that breed all over the country, from coastal areas to the interior. Their typical habitat is sandy areas with scarce vegetation.

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The Ringed Plover is a migratory bird

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Sandlóa – Ringed Plover – Charadrius hiaticula

The Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) is one of the migratory birds that arrives in Iceland in April. In the winter time it stays in South West Europe.  sandloa-2

The Ringed Plover lays its eggs in sand and gravel all over the country. The breeding population counts around 50,000 pairs.

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The photoes of the chick are taken on the banks of Ölfusá River.