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"One of the many summer visitors to our shores is the grey plover.

This delicately-mottled bird breeds in northern Russia, Siberia and Arctic North America, arriving on the Australian, New Zealand and New Guinea coastlines from September to October.

Usually alone or in pairs, the grey plover we see is not wearing its most conspicuous plumage – a bright livery of reddish brown, black and white – which it reserves for the breeding season in the northern hemisphere."

Like to know more about this bird? Check out Peter Hancock's 'Birds of Perth' series on the Sydney Morning Herald website.

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