To see it, you have to look closely!
If something moves quickly and jerkily on the gravel banks of the Tyrolean Lech and repeatedly stops briefly in place, it could be the Little Ringed Plover(Charadrius dubius) in search of food. Well camouflaged, the sparrow-sized bird flits across the open gravels. Its back is sandy brown, and its belly, forehead, and neck ring are snowy white. The broad black collar and yellow eyelid rings around the eyes are its trademark.
Between March and April, the pairs of little ringed plovers return from their winter quarters in Africa. They waste no time in building their nests. In a shallow depression on bare gravel, the female lays four eggs, which are perfectly camouflaged and hardly noticeable to the eye.
The population of the Little Ringed Plover is highly endangered!
Most of the Little Ringed Plovers in Austria are found along the Tyrolean Lech. Here the Little Ringed Plover still finds its (over-)vital habitat, the open gravel banks. Therefore, it is requested not to enter the gravel islands during the breeding season!