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Kill-dee, Kill-dee!!

Kill-dee, Kill-dee!!
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Copyright: John Reasbeck (ubc64) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-03-15 10:37
Viewed: 4713
Points: 8
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I'm thinking about spring, even though it's not quite here in this area. I took this photo of a Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) last June near two small ponds in Okotoks, Alberta. I found this bird at the top of a hill. It had been in the grass, which camouflaged it well. I took some shots of it in the grass also, but this one on a path displays the Killdeer markings better than my other photos.

From the iBird Explorer Canada iPod application, the Killdeer is a "Large banded plover with brown upperparts and white underparts, and two distinct black bands cross the upper breast. White stripes on wings are visible in flight. Tail and rump show rust-brown in flight. Sexes are similar. Juvenile has single breast band."

The Killdeer emits a loud, piercing "kill-dee" or similar call, which is what the one in my photo was doing at the time. If you didn't know that a Killdeer was near, you very quickly learn that they're around when you hear their distinctive call.

There is, of course, much information on the Internet about this very common shorebird (that often nests and lives far from water). Here are a few links that seemed interesting -- note the different calls that are presented in the third URL:




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To roges: Killdeerubc64 1 03-25 19:36
To jeanpaul: Thanks!ubc64 1 03-19 22:54
To PeterZ: Killdeerubc64 1 03-16 20:58
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Hi John
Spring is almost here as my Scillia are starting to poke through the soil and it's going up to +19C tomorrow. Mind you we could get our spring blizzard anytime.

This little Killdeer is showing off by calling out. I like the side view showing off his body shape and gorgeous plumage. Killdeer have such nice markings. Love the composition and detail.
TFS Janice
PS thanks for the information about the macro lens.

Hello John,
Beautiful well detailed photo, taken from a very good low POV. Nice singing pose and an excellent composition. Beautiful natural colours.

Salut John
Belle photo,en plus, vous les imitÚs bien,du moins je suppose car je ne les ai jamais ÚcoutÚs, maintenant, je vais faire attention a leurs chants et leurs cris
Bravo et au revoir...JP

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
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Hi John,
What a nice composition.
Excellent POV, congratulations. Beautiful details and colors.
A splendid macro. Beautiful details and colors of feathers.
Many regards,

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