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A male Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) pauses briefly while hunting insects in Hawaii.


Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, EF500mm f/4L IS USM at 500 mm, 1/640 sec at f/4, ISO 400

Pacific Golden-Plovers are an abundant winter visitor to the Hawaiian Island. I photographed this male bird, still in its breeding plumage (note the black breast feathers), in the resort area of Mauna Lani on Hawaii’s Big Island. I felt rather silly lying on my belly on one of the manicured roadside lawns as countless tourists sped by looking at me quizzically, but having hauled my 500mm lens all the way to Hawaii I put my pride aside and went after this handsome plover. It took a few minutes for my subject to become accustomed to my presence, but once he did, he posed cooperatively between short sprints as he searched for tasty insects.

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