Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Tricky Killdeer/World Birds

Killdeer making sure I saw it and its "broken wing"

I must have been very close to the killdeer's nest because it was putting on a very convincing act, trying to distract me.  It worked. I never did look for its eggs.

Leading me far away from the nest

Not quite far enough away from the nest, this killdeer was not yet ready to "magically heal."

Turned around to give us another look

I am linking to World Bird Wednesday.

44 comments:

Dianne said...

wow they're clever!
and cute

Sandra said...

in our Robinson preserve, once i walked off the path, when it first opened, before they put up signs saying stay on the path. the park ranger came and asked me to stay on the path, he said the killdeer lay there eggs in the sand and they can't be seen and that is why we can't walk there. might smash the eggs

Jill said...

They so smart! You got some great shots!

Judy @ daily yarns said...

They just crack me up. The first time I saw one I thought it was really hurt. Great captures.

Susan said...

Smart little bird!

Gillian Olson said...

Great shots, a very convincing act.

Halcyon said...

So I guess it was not really injured. What an interesting ruse!

Paul in Powell River said...

One of my favourite birds, always nice to see.

heyBJK said...

Always fun to watch their "injured" routine! You got some nice shots!

LONDONLULU said...

I love these! Also enjoy seeing this in real life and your photos really captured the moment :)

Mary said...

What a bird smart brain...survival!

Lowell said...

What a fun post. You have opened up the world of killdeer for us! Love it!

Gary said...

Great sequence!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

kaye said...

that was a fun post.

Daniel LaFrance said...

They're certainly great actors and put on a great show.

There eggs and ground nests are hard to spot. In this dry weather, they blend in with the environment even more.

Lovely captures!

RedPat said...

Too bad about that wing. ;-))

Evelyn S. said...

Aren't they the craziest birds, though? They were common in the valley where I grew up on a farm, and I see them at the edge of town where I live now. I used to spend a lot of time trying to find the nest...and often the eggs were just in a little area of gravel! (BTW...I'm fascinated that my "wild" rose is cultivated in your garden! Someone must have brought it to Mt. Emily sometime ago, because it's growing alongside the forest road now---at more than 4000 ft. in elevation.)

George said...

You may not have found the nest, but you got a neat sequence of the 'actor'.

mick said...

Great photos of a very clever bird.

Janie said...

Great photos of the kildeer's antics. We had a kildeer nest in our pasture one year, and everytime we got near, the kildeer went into its broken wing act. Amazing how determined they are to protect their young.

CameraCruise said...

Great shots of the clever bird.

eileeninmd said...

It is weird that the birds pretend to be hurt when you are near. A strange but cute behavior. Great captures.

FjÀllripan said...

They are really clever :) Great shots /Susanne

bailey-road.com said...

Wonderful shots of this protective behavior!

Birdman said...

Ya, a Shakespearean actor strutting his stuff?

Kathy said...

Smart bird!

Anni said...

Clever and ingenious.

Your photos are like it's performing for us.

RUDDY DUCK

Rohrerbot said...

Clever little birds for those who don't know their act:)

Randy said...

Interesting and very different.

greensborodailyphoto.com said...

So close! Impressive! Did you change your name? Are you no longer WOW?

Leora said...

You got some great shots of this fella.

missing moments said...

What great captures of protecting their eggs! Never knew they did that!

Jack said...

Birds can play act? What I learn from your blog!

Nancy Claeys said...

They are such amazing birds -- great captures of his performance!

Stephanie said...

Quite a clever bird. Thanks for all the great comments. :-))

Lorna said...

Kind of an unfortunate name...

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Andrea said...

oh no, i was so upset that it was hurt, and then reading the comments say it was just an act! Oh how clever, but why is there some real blood on the wing joint? I've never heard of this, but it really is incredible!

llandudnopictures said...

VERY crafty, love the cheeky glint in the birds eye too!

Linda said...

There were a few at the park yesterday when I went, but I didn't want to stress them by looking for the nest, although I would have LOVED a photo of the nest and eggs...but I stayed on the path and went about my business. These are great shots showing their tricks!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

They are such great birds, nice series!

Roan said...

There is a nest near my brother's pond. I keep looking for it, but always get distracted by Pop's antics. Very nice pics!

Lisa Gordon said...

Oh poor little thing!
I sure hope he will be okay.

Carole M. said...

..interesting birdy tactics..

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