Saturday, April 25, 2009

Killdeer/ Camera Critters

Looking for a place to lay eggs?

Believe it or not, killdeer nest in the middle of a lawn or even on gravel. Their spotted eggs look a lot like rocks so are well camouflaged.

Some kind of mating ritual?

Early one morning I heard a racket across the street, several killdeer making a big commotion. So, of course, I grabbed my camera and moved in on them. They were so engrossed with whatever they were doing (it wasn't that clear to me) that I was able to move in fairly close. Then I got too close and....


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21 comments:

cieldequimper said...

These are lovely little birds, I didn't know them! The second shot is great!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Beautiful EG... I wish we had Kildeer here. I"ve never seen one in person. Gorgeous birds--and photos.
Hugs,
Betsy

Rose said...

Did you see Neal's pictures of the baby killdeer we seen while he was down here?

I wish they didn't nest where they do...Neal also spotted a nest that was actually in the edge of the road. I think it has since been run over cause I have been out there and the killdeer are not there any more.

Minie said...

wow you were able to capture a bird so cute and beautiful.

Shammickite said...

A few years ago we came across an injured killdeer, took it home and it recobered in our basement, then we let it go.

B Squared said...

Never seen these. Love their stripes. Very unique.

Jenn Jilks said...

Aren't they precious? Back when I lived in North Gower, we had one that built a nest in the church parking lot! We built protection around it. It didn't seem to bother her!!!

Small City Scenes said...

Kildeer are a sure sign of spring to me. And they do lay their eggs in the strangest places. Sometimes they lay them in the pasture and I am amazed that the horses don't step on them.
Neat shots. MB

barb said...

That's a new one to me! Handsome things, aren't they?

That is the chicken said...

Fascinating shots. I especially like the flying kildeer...do you know where the name comes from? I have always wondered.

Jarart said...

Great close ups! I can even see the individual feathers. We have some here close by. I love to hear their call.

Jacob said...

Super shots. It seems everyone can get good bird shots except me. I'm jealous!

DrowseyMonkey said...

Hmmm...perhaps the were flirting :) Excellent photos

Dianne said...

I've never seen killdeer before today, yours is the 2nd post about them

they're beautiful

Indrani said...

We don't get to see them more often here. You have good shots.

i beati said...

excellent look at a favorite the killdeer - also love the quail with its family Sandy

PERBS said...

Great catch! I have never seen them before and they look very pretty/artistic or whatever you call it when they are attractive creatures.

Karen said...

Somebody else had some Killdeer photos as well. They are a bird that I've never seen before...

I love the markings on the birds..

Great photos..

Adrienne in Ohio said...

Great photo!

storyteller said...

Thanks for sharing these little birds.
Hugs and blessings,

Misty Dawn said...

Great captures. They always 'lecture' me as I walk down the road.

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