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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot SX110IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-06-02 18:08
Viewed: 3551
Points: 30
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Charadrius vociferus

Size & Shape
Killdeer have the characteristic large, round head, large eye, and short bill of all plovers. They are especially slender and lanky, with a long, pointed tail and long wings.

Color Pattern
Brownish-tan on top and white below. The white chest is barred with two black bands, and the brown face is marked with black and white patches. The bright orange-buff rump is conspicuous in flight.

Killdeer spend their time walking along the ground or running ahead a few steps, stopping to look around, and running on again. When disturbed they break into flight and circle overhead, calling repeatedly. Their flight is rapid, with stiff, intermittent wingbeats.

Look for Killdeer on open ground with low vegetation (or no vegetation at all), including lawns, golf courses, driveways, parking lots, and gravel-covered roofs, as well as pastures, fields, sandbars and mudflats. This species is one of the least water-associated of all shorebirds.

Cool Facts
Killdeer get their name from the shrill, wailing kill-deer call they give so often. Eighteenth-century naturalists also noticed how noisy Killdeer are, giving them names such as the Chattering Plover and the Noisy Plover.
Gravel rooftops attract Killdeer for nesting, but can be dangerous places to raise a brood. Chicks may be unable to leave a roof because of high parapets and screened drain openings. Adults eventually lure chicks off the roof, which can be dangerous – although one set of chicks survived a leap from a seven-story building.
The Killdeer’s broken-wing act leads predators away from a nest, but doesn’t keep cows or horses from stepping on eggs. To guard against large hoofed animals, the Killdeer uses a quite different display, fluffing itself up, displaying its tail over its head, and running at the beast to attempt to make it change its path.
A well-known denizen of dry habitats, the Killdeer is actually a proficient swimmer. Adults swim well in swift-flowing water, and chicks can swim across small streams.
The male and female of a mated pair pick out a nesting site through a ritual known as a scrape ceremony. The male lowers his breast to the ground and scrapes a shallow depression with his feet. The female then approaches, head lowered, and takes his place. The male then stands with body tilted slightly forward, tail raised and spread, calling rapidly. Mating often follows.
Killdeer lay their eggs into an empty nest but add other materials later on. Some of these items they pick up as they are leaving and toss over their shoulder into the nest. In one nest in Oklahoma, people found more than 1,500 pebbles had accumulated this way.
The oldest known Killdeer was 10 years 11 months old.

This photo was taken at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.


tuslaw, Miss_Piggy, Marx44, bubinu, Juyona, KOMSIS, skoksalan, Argus, greghume, maurydv has marked this note useful
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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-06-02 18:29]

Amazing detail Manyee!!
Love the sharp focus and lovely colors you've captured in this beautiful image. You can't improve on a shot like this!! TFS.

Very nice shot.. peaceful to look at.

Hallo Manyee
What a beautiful bird with striking features and details. The markings on the backfeathers are prominent and quite striking. It displays well, or let me rather say you have captured it well. I like the different rings around its neck, in all different colours, and the white patch above the eye cannot be missed. A lovely image with sharp detail and focus, all together in a great composition. Best regards and thanks for sharing.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-06-02 21:46]

Hi Manyee,
Wonderful close up shot of this Killdeer with very impressive sharpness and clarity of details on its plumage. A cool pose captured with perfect POV and DOF. I like those big eyes and the collar bands. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • Marx44 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
  • [2009-06-02 22:09]

Hello Manyee!
Wonderful capture.
Your model is very cute.
I liked eye contact, POV and composition very much.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • bubinu (40)
  • [2009-06-02 22:24]

Hello Manyee,
A sharp hi-definition capture with wonderful colors and lighting of this killdeer properly posed to let admire the beauty of this bird.
A lovely composition with the blurred background complimenting.
Well done,


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-06-02 23:10]

Hola amigo,
exelente captura,
bonito plumaje y pov,
finos detalles,
saludos Manyee

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-06-03 0:31]

Hi Manyee,
Heavy as a bird-specific ...
Legs were detected in sand ...
Composition, sharp details and great colors
Have a nice day,

Do not you ever seen a Charadrius type.
Color, pattern very great
Thanks for sharing.

Hi Manyee,
A nice capture of the Kildeer with the Powershot.
We have a bird almost exactly like this here in New Zealand.
It is called the Banded Doterell and its scientific name is Charadrius bicinctus.
I have posted a couple of shots of it previously on TN.
Thanks for sharing this one.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-06-05 3:13]

Hello ManYee
An excellent capture of a Killdeer
+: Sharpness, DOF, pose, POV, BG, composition, colours and lighting.
-: captive bird
Thanks and best regards,

Hello Manyee,
Very sharp capture of the Killdeer - beautiful plumage and crystal catchlight. DOF is first rate as well.

Wonderful close up shot of this Killdeer with very impressive sharpness and clarity of details on its plumage.

Hello Manyee,
what a very beautiful picture of the Killdeer taken from an excellent low POV, very good sharpness, splendid natural colours in a nice composition
Best regards

hello manyee
super sharpness composition with good soft light
beautiful colours
greeting lou

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