Many of the Plover family shorebirds are long-distance migratory birds and are often seen feeding on mudflats.
Unlike most of the waders, the Plovers have relatively short bills but big eyes.
Little Ringed Plover (Winter Plumage)
Little Ringed Plover (Summer Plumage)
They prefer to keep away from water and are often spotted on dry ground. Unlike the longer billed waders, the plovers hunt by sight.
In order to catch the prey, some Plovers, such as the Little Ringed Plovers, use one of their feet to scratch the ground first,
and then peck at the disturbed prey with their bill.