Ringed or Little Ringed Plover?

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Ringed or Little Ringed Plover?

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When i arrived on my local patch yesterday a birder (whom I respect) informed me that there were two juvenile Ringed Plovers out on the scrape. I had no reason to doubt him and as they were quite distant it was hard to make out much detail. These are a few of the photos I took which are nearly 100% cropped.

After I'd uploaded them and taken a closer look I began to have doubts about the ID. There were some features that made me think they looked more like juvenile Little Ringed Plovers but I'm not sure. Always tricky with juveniles.

I'd be grateful for your opinions.

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  • I suspect juvenile Little Ringed Plover based mostly on the heads of the birds. There's a lack of a distinctly white supercilium and definitely a strong hint of an orbital ring on the birds. The head markings just don't look to be as clear cut as on Ringed Plover. I could of course be totally wrong but in my opinion they look to be LRP's.

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  • I think it's a ringed plover.  The little ringed one has a yellow  eye ring. Can't see it in the photos

  • Don't forget these are juveniles, Martin.

  • I suspect juvenile Little Ringed Plover based mostly on the heads of the birds. There's a lack of a distinctly white supercilium and definitely a strong hint of an orbital ring on the birds. The head markings just don't look to be as clear cut as on Ringed Plover. I could of course be totally wrong but in my opinion they look to be LRP's.

  • Thanks Paul. Sorry I missed your reply. I'm going with LRP's even though there's some doubt.

  • I agree with LRPs.