Thursday, September 08, 2011

Killdeer

Killdeer while commonly found on lawns, golf courses, and pasture fields also spend time along the water's edge.  One morning a few days ago I was fortunate to be able to maneuver the boat close to a family group of killdeer taking an early morning bath. 

A dispute erupted among the birds as can be seen here with one bird chasing another through the shallow water.

Turning the tables the chased bird suddenly stopped and displayed an aggressive posture.

And maintained the aggressive stance as the pursuing bird circled seeming to look for a weakness in its defence. 

In a few moments the dispute was quickly forgotten as the flock went back to running about the mud flats in search of food leaving me with a few memorable images from a beautiful morning on the water.

7 comments:

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Excellent shots. Killdeer have such beautiful patterns on their feathers.

Frank said...

Excellent captures of their interactive behaviour.

Montanagirl said...

Great shots! They're such a spritely little birdie.

JimB said...

Awesome pictures Coy! The pictures tell the story and the words augment it.

Amazing what is so close to home and we often take it for granted.

Jim

Lois Evensen said...

Wonderful series. Just terrific that they put a show for you!

Elaine said...

Lovely series! I love the first reflection shot.

eileeninmd said...

Awesome shots of the Killdeer!