Today's bird is an endangered species: the Piping Plover. Scientists estimate that there are about 8,000 Piping Plovers left on Earth. They suffer from a mix of habitat encroachment and from the effects of climate change, which are altering their migration patterns and could potentially destroy even more of the beachfront where they live. You can read more about Piping Plovers and how to help them here.
I took this picture on October 21, 2012 at Mustang Island State Park near Corpus Christi.