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Kildeer

It’s been almost two years since I talked about Kildeers.  I finally got great shots of those beautiful orange eyes.

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They were nesting somewhere in this gravel.  I didn’t search too hard because I could easily step on the eggs.  And the Kildeer pair made quite a show without me getting too close.

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There are some Kildeer that live near the grocery store I frequent.  It always makes me happy to hear their calls when I’m in the middle of a busy day making a shopping trip.

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5 Responses to “Kildeer”

  1. Tiffany says:

    Such an impressive display of distraction! Great pictures too – I just love that huge, crazy orange eye that seems placed a little high. They are always so unhappy to see people here that I’ve never taken horrible ones.

  2. Kildeer are so fun to watch. We have several around every year, hanging out in the pasture or along the creek.
    One year, we found a kildeer nest in the pasture, fortunately before the horses stepped on the nearly invisible eggs. We put up some plastic posts and electric wire to mark the spot and watched until the eggs hatched. The nestlings were gone within 24 hours.

  3. Elizabeth says:

    They look like they’re surfing when they do the display.

    Janie, how interesting that they babies can move so quickly. Hopefully that makes up for their tendency to nest in such people-ridden places.

  4. Tiffany says:

    Head smack. I didn’t proofread and my last sentence and it’s is all wrong- it should be “I’ve -always- taken horrible ones”. I’ve do not have one halfway decent killdeer picture. I really enjoyed yours!

  5. Elizabeth says:

    This is the first time I’ve been satisfied with the pictures, all thanks to my awesome lens.