Dotterel loves shallow water

The Black-fronted Dotterel is a small plover wader.

Birds of Boyne and Tannum with Bob Trask

The Black-fronted Dotterel is a small plover wader with a wingspan of around 110mm. It is mostly mottled brown on the back and white underneath.

What makes it distinct is its black face-mask and breast band, as well as its red and black bill and red eye rings.

It frequents shallow, fresh water locations such as marshes, the margins of lakes and rivers etc where it feeds on small molluscs as well as aquatic and terrestrial insects.