Capricorn Coast Birds
Red-capped Plover
Charadrius ruficapillus
Average size 15 cm
  An adult in breeding plumage  
  non-breeding plumage  
  juvenile plumage, these are a pale grey, the golden tinge is from the early morning light  
A nesting bird feigning a broken wing to draw me away from the nest, this is a common 'trick' among plovers.
Distribution; throughout Australia in suitable habitats.
Habitat; a range of coastal and inland habitats, including estuaries, bays, beaches, sandflats and mudflats; inland saline wetlands; it is also found on salty edges of waterways and on claypans.
Diet; beetles, seeds, small crustaceans and molluscs.
The sexes are similar with the male being somewhat brighter and with a reddish crown. The nest site is a shallow scrape in sand, gravel or shingle; occasionally in short grass and sometimes with one or two pieces of twig, grass or stone at the edge. Like all our Plovers the eggs are usually well camouflaged. Both parents share the nest duties and if the nest is threatened they will try several distraction methods, including feigning injury by dragging a wing to lead predators away.
The best place to see these is at Barwells Creek on Farnborough Beach about 1 Km north of Yeppoon where they're always present, these photos were taken there.
  other Plovers and Dotterels