Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Killdeer


Killdeer are common little plovers and famous for their injured act to protect the nest, but this is the first time one stood still long enough for me to get photos. 




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37 comments:

Andy said...

I'm glad he posed for you. It gave you the chance to capture your usual perfect photo.

Linda said...

What perfect images! I had to smile at Andy's comment - I concur - your usual perfect photo. That describes you to a "T", Brian! I love the red ring on the eyes - gorgeous!

Marc Heath said...

Stunning shots Brian. How I would love to see one of these in the UK.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I like the pattern in its plummage. Very pretty.

Sharon M said...

Nice!

Alan Pavey said...

Lovely set of pics Brian, they are a smart wader.

Andee said...

Oh what fun little bird. I wonder if we have any of them here at the Jersey shore? We have a lot of protected nesting areas. I love the angles you were able to capture of this little bird. I know when I tried to get pictures of plovers I got lots of back side shots.

Stewart M said...

What a great set of shots - I'd like to see the broken wing display!

Stewart M

PS: 'see" you on wednesday!

Beth said...

How beautiful and majestic this bird is. You got a perfect shot.

TexWisGirl said...

they really are pretty shots. i like that - 'your usual perfect photo'. that should be your blog's byline. :)

Leenie said...

One of my favorite birds, but not until I saw your dramatic photos did I know they wore orange eye shadow.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Great shots, Brian! I especially like the second one. I think you are hypnotizing all the birds and animals to get them to stand still so you can get those perfect shots! :0)

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Killdeer are VERY difficult to photograph. From a distance, fine, but try to inch closer and they scurry away, extremely sensitive to noise. These are so spot on with the focus. I'm glad someone was able to get that close, too. Great seeing the orange detail in the eye and more of their markings. Love these!

Modesto Viegas said...

Great capture!!!
Very good images!!!

Findlay Wilde said...

Hello, I really like your Plover picture, I managed to get a picture of a Little Ringed Plover on Sunday at our local Nature Park. It's on my post called Back to Hadyns Pool in case you want to see it. It's a bit blurry as it was quite far away. From Findlay

Gary said...

Great close ups!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Renae said...

wow

breath taking

wow

mick said...

Great close-up photos.

Debbie said...

what a wonderful close up allowing us to see the great color/feather pattern!!

eileeninmd said...

Brian, beautiful shots! They are pretty birds.

Pam :) said...

Outstanding captures, Brian. They usually scurry so fast its hard to get decent shots.

JOY @ http://joysjotsshots.blogspot.com/ said...

Great shots! I've had to deal with these on the playground with kids running to tell me there was an injured bird on the ground. Amazing how they can survive so many predators, including kids, with their nests on the ground!

Terri Buster said...

Oh he's a beaut! Nice shot!

MTWaggin said...

Really like the detail in that first shot. You did good capturing these guys, they can be really fast runners! Catching up in a short pause before heading home. Thanks for the comment on the whales, I have lots of fins and some tails, really about all you get, the out of the water shots are very hard to come by so I appreciate them even more now.

bailey-road.com said...

YOu did a wonderful job photographing this hard to capture bird. They're really pretty little birds.

CameraCruise said...

Gorgeous shots of the beautiful little bird.

Tammy said...

Great close ups of the Killdeer! Love the red eye ring!

Mary said...

That's a little beauty. So nice to have such a sharp pic...I remember as a kid wondering why they would name it that. Hahahhahaaa.

Faye said...
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Faye said...

Fabulous markings. And good on you Brian to catch so many views of this little speedy gonzolas. I was just reading in an historical novel set in Scotland about how the plovers try to "fake" intruders away from their nests.

barbara l. hale said...

I've never seen one. How beautiful! Glad he let you get close enough.

Jean said...

I am amazed that these birds survive due to their nesting habits.
How long did you have to lay on the ground to get these outstanding shots,Brian?:)

Nancy Claeys said...

Perky and his eyes are so bright. Great capture based on their usual activity. :)

Marie said...

I've always thought the killdeer is a very special bird! You have captured him perfectly! What wonderfully sharp photos!

Kerri said...

WOW! You got some GREAT shots! She/He posed nicely for you :)

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Great shots Brian, We have them down the lane and have you seen their eggs? They look like large pebbles~

Liz said...

Stunning shots of the Killdeer! Your images are so clear and crisp.