Cairns to Cape Tribulation

Information for Greater sand plover - Charadrius leschenaultii

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Greater sand plover
Charadrius leschenaultii

This small wader can often be spotted along the intertidal areas between Cairn and Cape Tribulation hunting for food.

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Greater sand plover - Charadrius leschenaultii - Photo by Alex Pawlow

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They hunt by sight, rather than by feel, as some other waders do. They will run a short distance and pause, watching for prey, when run and snatch. They mainly feed on small crustaceans, worms and insects.

Great, Large or Large-billed Dotterel, Sand-Dotterel, Sand Plover, Geoffroy's Plover, Sandplover