Sigh...plovers

I don't care who you are or how serious you are about ornithology and birding, plovers are cute, man. They skitter around on tiny little legs and turn their heads at odd angles. Nine times out of ten, I'm strictly business with the birds but I'll let you in on a little secret: inside I am screaming about how friggin' adorable they are.

Take the Little Ringed Plover for instance.

Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius) - Għadira Natural Reserve, Il-Mellieħa, Malta

Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius) - Għadira Natural Reserve, Il-Mellieħa, Malta

Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius) - Għadira Natural Reserve, Il-Mellieħa, Malta

Attack of the Greater Yellowlegs

Things I've Learned About the Newfoundland Wilderness: #358: Walk near a Greater Yellowlegs nest and pay for it for the rest of the day.

Watch this.

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I apologize for the windy end portion. Hopefully it masks whatever cursing I was carrying on with. And yes, this particular yellowlegs did make contact at several points. With my head.

Greater Yellowlegs are fiercely protective of their nests and the 500 yards surrounding their nests. Take a closer look at these beautiful shorebirds below but don't give them an inch because they will literally make a mile of your hike miserable.

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