The last time I posted about the Killdeer nest at my co-worker Andrea’s sister’s house there were only two eggs and the Killdeer were very skittish around people.Â This forced me to use my long lens, which, while it is an okay lens, is not quite as good as my macro lens is.
Now there are four eggs and the mother Killdeer has grown far more accustomed to people stopping for a look:
Remember, this is a wild bird, and free.Â I could get pretty close by crouching and moving slowly, but she only let me get this close because I literally crawled on my belly and whenever she seemed antsy I spoke to her in soft, soothing tones.
In fact, in the ten or so minutes I was there the only time she left her eggs was when a crow flew over the nest.Â I assume she was acting as a decoy to protect her unhatched offspring.Â And speaking of the eggs, I bet you might like a closer look:
The sun was beating down and it was a pretty hot day so she did start to pant:
Once I noticed her panting I decided to leave her be, figuring heat had stressed her enough.Â And the predicted hatching date?Â June 28th…and you can bet I am hoping for some pictures of the chicks!
These pictures are killer killdeer. They are beautiful. I was a vendor at the Celtic Festival in Ghent and we had a killdeer nest right in the midst of the tents. With all the protective stuff I put up: chairs, signs, cones, etc, the eggs still got trampled. What a shame; very sad.
At least these birds are somewhat protected.
such an amazing photos of this killdeer nest. Shouldn’t be too long before you will have some baby Killfawns running around!
Great pix – nice job!
Wow–you have a nice touch with mama, for her to allow you so close. What a privilege–ours squawk if even one person walks the roadside of the field they’re nesting in. In fifteen years, I’ve only discovered eggs once– it takes a great deal of patience. Can’t wait for pics of the babies–leggy little buggers!!
Beautiful. I can’t wait to see more!
@Marlene: At least you tried…hopefully, those Killdeer will try again!
I think that was nothing more but a nice try to make up for the lack of sharp Bicknell’s pictures.
Well, possibly I am just jealous….
Great pix – It looks like “mama” was cooperative for you. I look forward to seeing your “baby” pix.
@Jochen: Would you drive out to New York already and get a Bicknell’s?
@Mary: I’m not sure if she was being cooperative or just didn’t trust me around her eggs. 🙂
Those are some fantastic shots. I have had the pleasure this spring to become acquainted with what has become my favorite bird as a mating pair took up residence next to my place of employment. The little ones hatched about 3 weeks ago and I am not sure if there is anything cuter than watching the little ones run around.
I am smitten by the parents and the brood and love the sound of their calls. I look forward to the first flight of the kids which should probably take place within the week. I hope they stick around because they are lovely to watch and beautiful birds.
I look forward to seeing updates and more gorgeous pictures.
Thanks for sharing.