I found this pair of Kentish Plover on May 6th at Sekinoe beach. I think the population of Kentish Plover has somewhat increased comparing to the first year that I started living here. I think it's probably due to the construction of more sandy beaches along the Beppu Bay. Now whenever I go to any beach, I can see at least a bird or two running along the tide line. This pair seemed to be nesting somewhere along the beach which I have located yet. The male bird was a little more approachable than the female but both were still considerably shy comparing to many other Kentish Plovers I've seen around here.
|Male Kentish Plover in breeding plumage|
|Here with the female on the left|
|Female Kentish Plover showing just a faint orange wash on the face|
|Note its pale fleshy legs and brownish crown|
I recently checked photos of Swinhoe's(White-faced) Plovers in OBI and saw that many individuals labelled as Swinhoe's actually look almost identical to the birds here in Japan, which I assume are the race C. a. nihonensis. For example, this male bird photographed by Jon Hornbuckle in Fuzhou, China. Basically, I don't see any notable difference from the one breeds in Japan, probably just very slightly paler lore. The female also looks very similar to the Japanese one. Swinhoe's Plovers photographed in SE Asia look much different though. They don't have black lore and show very faint facial mask. I'm getting confused here. Any thoughts on this are highly welcomed.