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!