December 26, 2004
Nick Kontonicolas of Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, captured this eye-level shot of a young Piping Plover foraging at the Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge in Cape May, New Jersey.
Nick says a few summers ago, he noticed a pair of plovers (Charadrius melodus)
feeding on the beach. "They were at some distance but I decided to sit down and hope that they would get closer. Not only did they come close, but better yet, their three chicks came within a few feet of me. After feeding for 10 to 15 minutes, they moved on, but not before they gave me one of my greatest thrills as a birder."
Nick photographed the threatened species
with a Nikon D100 camera and Nikkor VR 80-400mm f4.5-f5.6 AF lens.
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