ABP: Dotterel

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Dotterel, Eudromias morinellus (2012)

Watercolour on paper, 210 x 297mm.

This medium-sized member of the plover family is unusual in that the adult female is brighter than the male – an indication of their role-reversal in raising the young. Adults have largely grey-brown upperparts and bright chestnut belly, with a white chest band, throat and eyestripe, the latter contrasting with a dark cap. On spring migration they are often seen in groups, or ‘trips’, at traditional stopping places.

http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdguide/name/d/dotterel/index.aspx