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Copyright: Linda Logan (zenitlady) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 182 W: 1 N: 176] (794)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ3
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-25 11:01
Viewed: 3914
Points: 6
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A study in camouflage, this baby Kildeer (Charadius vociferus) was born fully feathered and ready to run. Kildeers are plovers and can be found in fields and along roadsides. They frequently plop down and lay their eggs in a patch of stones without much thought to safety. If the eggs survive, the babies are raring to go! Kildeers call their name with an emphasis on the "deer." The parents often use a "broken wing" subterfuge in order to lead predators away from the nest and babies. Kildeers are a declining species. This little one was one of a clutch of four running around my yard this morning. With a call from the parents, they headed for tall grass and hunkered down. One can disturb the grass right beside them but they will stay still.
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To arfer: where have all your pictures gone?zenitlady 2 07-27 03:34
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Hi Linda,
Cute chick.... And yes, excellent camouflage... You were lucky to find him/her!
TFS, Marta

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
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Hello Linda

Great find!
A lovely image showing the cleverness of these birds at using their surroundings to hide.
They nest in the open and yet are still hard to find.
I have tried many times unsuccessfully to get a good shot of a killdeer.
Well done.


Hi Linda,

A fine image, shows the camouflage of this little bird really well. I see Killdeers here in Spring often, but it seems that they don't nest very often around where I live, as the vegetation is too tall.


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