CASPIAN PLOVER Charadrius asiaticus

My own personal "bete-noir", I twitched two in the UK, failing both times, wasn't lucky in Cyprus or Uganda, and didn't see them in Kazakhstan. It took a return visit to Kazakhstan to finally get to grips with this beautiful plover, not only a female but three males also. The desert here is the southernmost area in which they breed, other places are difficult to access. They winter in East Africa, especially Tanzania, and are often seen on migration through the Middle East, but wintering birds are, like Oriental Plover, a bit of a disappointment.

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