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Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-02
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-21 7:34
Viewed: 2761
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This Killdeer is pretending to have a broken wing to distract our attention from her babies that are only 5 meters away, I have always loved this behavior and have seen many waterfowl also do this. This Killdeer was captured in Cypress Hills Provincial Park.

Charadrius vociferus
General Description

By Gustave J. Yaki

The Killdeer breeds exclusively in the Americas, from southern Canada to central Mexico, the West Indies, and in Peru. Its summer range includes all of Alberta.

While it does occur along shorelines, it often favours open upland areas such as fields and short grass pastures in rural areas, and large playing fields, golf courses, airports and gravel parking lots in urban areas. An early spring migrant, the first birds appear by mid March. Most leave in the autumn, but a few can always be found along the Bow River in the early winter months. As many as 18 have been found on one day in January. Numbers decline as winter proceeds, likely picked off by predators such as Merlin or Coyotes.

Insects, mostly beetles and grasshoppers are major food items.

The nest is a shallow scrape, usually in sand, gravel or short-grass, on upland sites such as pastures, along gravel roads, railways, even on gravel rooftops. Often double-brooded, the first nest is underway by late April. The well-camouflaged eggs are incubated by both sexes for 24 days. As soon as they hatch, the young are led to the nearest shore. They are brooded and guarded, but find their own food. They fly when about 40 days old. Killdeer often raise two broods

Aaltjie, ridvan, MommaMiaX3, SelenE, SkyF, fartash, vanderschelden, fiyo, jaycee, Alex99, Luis52, bobair, scottevers7 has marked this note useful
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selam rick; wow excellent close up shot of this lovely bird,good details presented ,nice POV well captured with nice colours TFS

Hallo Rick
I think this photo is what nature is all about. Is it not so that a mother always wants to protect her children? I would have loved to see the babies and it is a pity your camera did not have a wider lens to show us more detail.
The colours of the bird and the grass are bright and compliment the photo well. I also find the eye very attracting, it seems like she is alert and watching very carefully for the danger that is a thread to his babies.

I enjoyed your note that you supplied. Very interesting.
Thanks for sharing.

Hello Mr. Rick, :)

What a great shot, showing off her natural instincts. Her eye is sparkling in this super sharp shot, beautiful catch light! Great colours and detail, I really like the splash of yellow the wildflower happened to add. Always an inspiration to me, thank you for sharing.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-06-21 8:36]

Hi Rick,
You captured a nice natural pose with very good timing and POV. Focus, lighting, sharpness and composition is very successfull. TFS

Hi Reck,
Fantastic and intrestic shot. Wild life at its best. Great focus through crowded grass.Very well maintained DOF as the whole bird is in focus. Excellant job


Hello Rick
What a great shot of this Killdeer,
Fantastic colors and DOF,
Perfect focusing,compo and sharpness,
Superb shot,friend.


Hi Rick,
This is sharpness, DOF and good light...
Well done

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-06-21 10:47]

Hello Rick,
Great shot,
Lovely detail and colours,nice composition.
Nice work,very well done

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-06-21 10:52]

Hi Rick,

According to your notes this is one smart Kildeer. Brains and Beauty. Wonderful capture - your timing was perfect to catch her like this. Beautiful colors and details - love her eye. Nice setting - she looks pretty well hidden.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-06-21 11:07]

Hello Rick,
Very fine capture of bird behaviour! I like the angle from which you've captured this Killdeer. The texture and colours of the wings are beautiful and I like the way it is turning its head too. Well done!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-06-21 12:54]

Hi Rick.
Fantastic shot. Amazing low POV and great reproduction of the bird image. I like very impressive sunlight, vivid colours and crisp sharpness. Scenery is reflected very well too. Really wonderful, skillfully done shot. Bravo and best regards.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-06-21 13:24]

Hello Rick, congratulations, excellent capture! Wonderful POV and composition, the Killdeer has amazing collors, the bird is posted in a natural and beautiful BG.. Well Done

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2007-06-21 13:43]

Bonjour Rick, excellent sho with a great timing. Dof and POV make up a wonderful composition. Excellent use of lighting and details. Regards, Didier.

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2007-06-21 16:47]

Hi Rick
Great action shot showing perfectly well the behaviour.
Compo is great!

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-06-21 18:00]

Hola Rick. Exelente foto y maravillosa la nota escrita aqui. Me agrada su forma en que esta Ave distrae la atencion de sus posibles predadores. Saludos Luis52.

Oh you got a great image here Rick! We have kildeer out my way too and I always did find those injured tactics rather fascinating. I always loved their songs in the twilight before nightfall.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-06-21 21:41]

Exceptionnelle prise bravo.

Hi Rick,
oh my what a red eye this little bird has and the point of view is interesting.While you were away on your trip I uploaded one of my own as well.I rather like these little birds for the same reasons you do.Good details,focus and colour with an interesting point of view make this an enjoyable addition to TN. Tfs. Bob

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-21 22:52]

Hello Rick

A wonderful shot of this kildeer feigning injury,I have seen this many times.Excellent details in the plumage and with the wings and tail like this ,it makes it easy to view the feathers.Very good lighting and colours.TFS


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-06-22 8:31]

Hi Rick,
interesting shot and information, seems like this is a wonderful mother. Putting herself ins harms way to protect here babies speaks for it self.
Wonderful shot in all the aspects. Details and composition are excellent.

Amazing, les détails, les couleurs la position de l'oiseau, tout est fantastique.

Hi Rick,
An excellent shot on this Killdeer in full drama mode. You caught some nice lighting here. Colors and detail look great. We have alot of them down here around the lakes, but I have yet to get a decent shot on one. This looks great!

Hi Rick,
Wow! You got a very nice exposure on this killdeer and a great contribution to TN showing the natural behavior of this bird species. I need to learn to capture more feeling in my images as yours is a strong influence for me to do so. TFS :)

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