Photo by Jeannine St-Amour
The winners of the Prince Edward Island tourism "2014 Picture of the Island Photo Contest" have just been announced and the winner of the 'Nature' category was won by Jeannine St-Amour for her photograph, pictured above, entitled "Four Eggs". The bird in the photograph was not identified in the online press release I received, but it certainly appears to be a Piping Plover. The sandy colour of the Piping Plover often makes it difficult to spot the small bird in beach sand and the same is true for its eggs and downy chicks. It usually produces four eggs, as seen above, in a shallow depression in the sand. Mushrooming expansion of beach resorts along the Atlantic Coast in the U.S. and Canada has seen many former nesting sites eliminated. Recent estimates of the number of these plovers is around 6,500, of which about half are to be found on the Atlantic coast. The species is felt to be in serious danger and is officially listed as 'Endangered' under the Canadian Species at Risk Act.
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