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Plover ID quiz
WALKING along a coastal wader hot-spot one autumn day, you spy a small shorebird ahead of you on the mud at the edge of the water. Having set up your scope, you can see immediately that it is one of the smaller Charadrius plovers. However, you know that it could be one of three species, as at this time of year populations are on the move.
The bird has plain brown upperparts, a pure white underside and an incomplete dark breast-band. From the finer details of these blocks of plumage you think you may have identified it to species level. What is it?
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