Photo of the week: Pacific Golden-Plover

9/30/2013 | 0

Pacific Golden-Plover ©2013 Hob Osterlund

Pacific Golden-Plover ©2013 Hob Osterlund

Subscriber Hob Osterlund photographed this Pacific Golden-Plover tugging on a worm near her home in Princeville on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.

The species, which is known as Kolea in Hawaii, winters in the state, as well as on North America’s Pacific coast, on other Pacific islands, and from Australia to India to eastern Africa. It breeds in northern Siberia and western Alaska.

“I’ve been trying to get this shot for years,” Hob says. “Kolea are typically skittish around humans, so it’s tough to get a candid photo of a tug-of-war with breakfast.”

She used a Canon 7D with a 70-300mm lens.

Hob wrote about Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, Hotspot Near You No. 96.


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