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Killdeer...and Dowitcher

Killdeer...and Dowitcher
Photo Information
Copyright: Doug Brown (dB_grafix) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 9 N: 624] (3019)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-E
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-19 1:31
Viewed: 3031
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) is a medium-sized plover.

Adults have a brown back and wings, a white belly, and a white breast with two black bands. The rump is tawny orange. The face and cap are brown with a white forehead. They have an orange-red eye-ring. The chicks are patterned almost identically to the adults, and are precocial able to move around right after hatching.

These birds forage for food in fields, mudflats, and shores, usually by sight. They mainly eat insects.

Their name comes from their frequently heard call. These birds will frequently use the "broken-wing act" to distract predators from their nests. This involves the bird walking away from its nesting area holding its wing in a position that simulates an injury and then flapping around on the ground emitting a distress call. The predators then think they have easy prey and are attracted to this seemingly injured bird and away from the nest. If the parent sees that a potential predator is not following them, they will move closer and get louder until they get the attention of the predator.
Beside it there is a long billed Dowitcher kind of snoozing.

Thank you for all your critiques and comments.
Happy shooting

To hear this birds call go here... http://www.djb-photo.com/killdeer.html

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Hi Doug ,
A very beautiful two birds..., Like its pose. Well composed. Excellent POV. Well done! TFS. Mustafa

Hi Doug,
Nice capture of this birds, great details on plumage and good colors

Excellent shot Doug. Gorgeous light and pinsharp! Good poses too, and that two species are in the image, doesn't hurt it either! Bravo! Cheers, Klaus

hello Doug

excellent photo with sharpness and luminosity
i like the framing and the water's color



I love the reflections first of all.
The colors are great - - - so rich and vibrant and still real. Wonderful details - I always like to see the feather details. :)
And the composition is great.

They are cute birds Doug! I like those poses captured, beautiful lightning and details and the calm mood of the picture. Your notes are also very interesting. Thanks!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-09-19 10:31]

Hi Doug. very good reflection in the water. you have captured the birds with fine detail and natural colours, using the light so well. a nice pose too. well done TFS.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-09-20 1:18]

Good morning Doug,
Light is beautiful. I liked the POV, composition and the calm mood of the photo. TFS
Have a nice day,

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-09-22 21:01]

Hi Doug,
Superb shot, with nice sharp details and crisp colours and lighting. The reflections show up well too. BRAVO!

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