I feel so privileged to have been granted the opportunity to find and photograph these rare and endangered shorebirds. It is estimated that, at most, 2,000 Snowy Plovers breed along the U.S. Pacific coast annually, which works out to just over one bird per five miles of coastline.
I've been searching for Snowy Plovers since I saw one in Carmel a few years back and got a picture or two of it. I didn't realize until after the fact how rare and endangered they were until after the fact and I've been searching for them ever since. I've taken a few trips to San Francisco to visit Crissy Field upon learning that there is a designated area devoted to protected Snowy Plover habitat. After about a year I finally, finally found a few of the tiny little fluffballs. About seven of them, which makes me so very happy.
I saw this Snowy Plover at Crissy Field in San Francisco and noticed it was banded. I sent the information concerning said banding and learned that it was captured by mistake at Ocean Beach in 2007 but it was banded anyway.