Beyond the BackyardFort De Soto

A Quest for a Black Belly

I was on a quest this spring to photograph a Black-Bellied Plover in full breeding plumage.  As I visited Fort De Soto periodically throughout their molting time, I was able to catch them at various stages of color.  I got close to catching a fully molted bird, but not quite…maybe next year! Smile

Full Winter Plumage – No Black

Full Winter Plumage – No Black

Black Beginnings

Black Beginnings

More Black – and a Crab!

More Black – and a Crab!

Tummy Getting Darker

Tummy Getting Darker

Almost Fully Black – But Not Quite!

Almost Fully Black – But Not Quite!