KilldeerOne of the most ubiquitous shorebirds in the US, the Killdeer is hard to miss. Between their incessant "injured bird" act and fast antics as they spurt about along shores and around grasslands in their "dash-pause" manner, they are also probably the most well known plover. They are larger than a lot of other plovers, like Piping or Semipalmated, and have longer legs. They have two slightly different plumages...one with two white bands around the neck during breeding season, and one white and one cream colored band during the winter season. They have a very persistent technique for protecting their nests and their young by playing the injured bird...with a high pitched, lilting chirp, flipping one wing out at an oddly-cocked angle, and showing off rusty-red colored underfeathers that look like they might be covered in blood, they play the hurt card until your close, then jet off with a broken, jerky flight a dozen or so feet out in front of you. Get close again, and they keep drawing you away from whatever it is they don't want you to find. Clever little bastards. Based on the ruckus last year every time I got near a throng of Killdeer, I'm sure they breed in Cherry Creek. I have not yet found any nests or chicks. Unlike the more common beaches where shorebirds are most often found breeding, Cherry Creek is FULL of hiding places, and finding baby birds is near impossible...even if you spot one, they skitter about and disappear into the brush without a trace, never to be seen again. Maybe this year I'll manage to glimpse some baby shorebirds.Killdeer (Plover)Cherry Creek State Park (Cottonwood Creek)ColoradoCanon EOS 7DCanon EF 600mm f/4 L IIGitzo GT3532LS + Jobu Pro 2
I love your Great Horned Owl.
Quote from: Click on May 12, 2014, 01:41:48 PMI love your Great Horned Owl.Thank you.
Puffin, how many sand eels can you get in your mouth, the answer lots.
That is a great picture
I call this Mr. Blue Jay we are now old friends. He let me grab this shot a few weeks ago. Took about 3 months to get up this close. This was shot with a Canon 5D Mark III and the great 135mm L lens.
Quote from: djh901 on May 13, 2014, 09:03:59 AMI call this Mr. Blue Jay we are now old friends. He let me grab this shot a few weeks ago. Took about 3 months to get up this close. This was shot with a Canon 5D Mark III and the great 135mm L lens.I like the way it looks at you