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Can You Find It??


Can You Find It??
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Copyright: Marc Couse (kodiak1) Silver Star Critiquer [C: 23 W: 0 N: 7] (97)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-07
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/4.9, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-22 10:58
Viewed: 3718
Points: 2
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Can you find the Killdeer chick?

The Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
is the largest of the ringed plovers.

Baby Killdeer always come out running. They hatch with their eyes open, and as soon as their downy feathers dry, they start scurrying about, following their parents and searching the ground for something to eat. Newly-hatched killdeer can't fly, and they need their killdeer parents for protection and guidance, but they are a lot closer to independence than most baby birds.

You sometimes see an adult killdeer on a dirt road or along a rocky railroad easement. As you approach, the killdeer may suddenly develop a broken wing. It struggles in front of you, as if it can barely walk, let alone fly. One or both wings drag pitifully on the ground. When the killdeer feels that the young are safe from you, its broken wing heals suddenly, and the bird flies away, calling a loud "KILL-DEE" that sounds like a jeer.

After you've been fooled a time or two by the broken wing display, you don't give the deceiving adult killdeer a second glance. Immediately, you look around for the killdeer babies. You may see one disappearing into the grass or flattening itself on the ground and freezing.

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