One of the rarest shorebirds. The shore plover can be quite the actor, particularly when parenting instincts come in during the nesting periods. These queens of drama use a “broken wing display" – where they cry in pain and flutter – to draw attention to themselves, and away from the chicks, when a predator may threaten the chicks' safety.
Tara Swan and Mireille Hicks
Tara and Hicks work at Pukaha National Wildlife Centre in Captive Breeding programs which include the shore plover. They have both fallen in love with this tiny little shore bird and advocate for the species whenever there is an opportunity! As part of the breed for release program we work closely with each individual, getting to their unique little personalities and stories.