Molting Black-bellied Plover stretching its wings and exposing the unmistakable field mark, black armpit:
Black-bellied Plover Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Gateway National Recreation Area, Queens, New York, USA - for more detailed view and EXIF data, please click on the image -
This black spot helps to differentiate Black-bellied Plovers and American-golden Plovers when in-flight.
I took this photograph at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Gateway National Recreation Area, Queens, New York.
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