Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The Killdeer


The striking markings of the Killdeer allow it to virtually disappear anywhere there is contrasting light and shadow.

I encountered this bird while checking on our cattle last evening. These little speedsters are spending much of their time around the spring seeps in the cow pastures where earthworms are easily found at this time of year.

11 comments:

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Lovely shot.
Blessings,Ruth

Shellmo said...

Great shot - and you still got his sharp eye looking back at you!

Happy Days said...

Sure is a cute little guy. We have a lot of them around here - nice shot...debbie

Montanagirl said...

I love the Killdeers and they're distinctive cry. Good photo!

Bradley Myers said...

Good job Coy, I chased these guys all over fish hatchery road yesterday without ever getting a shutter release.

Ranger said...

Great shot. very hard to get one to stand still long enough.

Corker2 said...

This is a very good picture of the Killdear. They are a very distinctive bird. I've seen them a number of times and get a laugh at just how fast they are. When they are nesting in the tall grass, Mother bird will play on the she has a broken wing to draw you away from her nest. It's interesting to watch Mother Nature in action.

Bird Girl said...

You are right - were if not for their big mouths - we'd probably never see these birds...they do blend in so well! Beautiful shot - nice big eye!

Chris said...

beautiful shot Coy!!

Leedra said...

Ours is back with eggs already. Hubby always marks the area as soon as the eggs are laid so he won't run over them when mowing. Yes, we still have patches that just won't grow grass. But that way we can see the Killdeer from the back deck.

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Juan C. Aguero said...

Excellent perspective!!