It’s great to see the Red-capped Plovers at Cairn Curran colouring up nicely in advance of breeding. The differences between the male and female are evident in these shots – I quite like the subtle tones of the female, especially in the golden late afternoon light of winter.
Over the next month or so they’ll select a nest site well away from the water and lay their eggs into a small scrape. The nests are incredibly hard to find in my experience. The adults will move quietly away from the nest at the slightest sign of danger and the site is always incredibly well disguised.