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Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-01 7:39
Viewed: 3056
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Some shorebirds are making thier way back to our area as spring arrives. This Killdeer was looking for food in a spring runoff puddle near Brooks.
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Charadriiformes

Family: Charadriidae

Genus: Charadrius

Species: C. vociferus
The Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) is a medium-sized plover.

Adults have a brown back and wings, a white belly, and a white breast with two black bands. The rump is tawny orange. The face and cap are brown with a white forehead. They have an orange-red eyering. The chicks are patterned almost identically to the adults, and are precocial — able to move around right after hatching.

Their breeding habitat is open fields or lawns, often quite far from water, across most of Canada, the United States, and Mexico, with isolated populations in Costa Rica and Peru. They nest on the ground in an open area with a clear line of sight, or on a gravel roof.

They are migratory in northern areas and winter as far south as northern South America. They are rare vagrants to western Europe, usually late in the year.

These birds forage for food in fields, mudflats, and shores, usually by sight. They mainly eat insects.

Their name comes from their frequently heard call. These birds will frequently use the "broken-wing act" to distract predators from their nests. This involves the bird walking away from its nesting area holding its wing in a position that simulates an injury and then flapping around on the ground emitting a distress call. The predators then think they have easy prey and are attracted to this seemingly injured bird and away from the nest. If the parent sees that a potential predator is not following them, they will move closer and get louder until they get the attention of the predator.

jmp, fartash, uleko, jaycee, SkyF, Argus, Raptorman, bobair, marieproue has marked this note useful
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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-04-01 9:44]

Hi Rick,
Sharp, detailed and well composed capture of this plover. Absolutely natural colours and environment.
TFS, José M.

Hello Rick
Very nice shot of this Killdeer ,
Perfect focusing and sharpness,
Fantastuc colors ,Welldone.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-04-01 10:07]

Hello Rick,
Superb capture of this beautiful Killdeer with very sharp focus on that big eye. Sharp details and nice colours. I like the reflection in the water too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-04-01 10:55]

Hi Rick,

He has a sad look in his eye! Wonderful shot of the Killdeer. As always, beautiful colors and sharp details. I like the reflections in the water too.


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-04-01 11:18]

Hi Rick,
a wondeful shot, hard to get that close to those birds.. I know I tryed ;-).
very well captured, this bird looks so nice in it's neutral suroundings. Great details and excellent sharpness. Very nice composition with a lovely pose.

hello rick,
nice capture, well composed shot with good pov, i liked the way you have composed the shot, the reflections look nice,
tfs & regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-04-01 11:49]

Hello Rick,
Fine capture of a Kildeer. This is a sharp and well-composed presentation showing a nice reflection and ripples in the water.
Thanks for sharing this one,
Best wishes, Ivan

Hello Rick , I can understand you for framing , you want to show us reflections , good shrpnss and colors esp. eye colors , TFS.

Hi Rick,
good one with that red coloured eye and three toned colouration of the plumage this understated Killdeer is an attractive little bird.I for one am not fooled by their injury act and will not move towards them but hold my ground and photo the daylights out of them.I don't linger as it wouldn't be fair to these birds.The detail in this shot is typical of your high standards and is appreciated by me and most everybody else,so please keep 'em coming. Bob

Hello Rick :)

Beautiful shot, love the almost sad look he has in his eye. Fantastic colour and sharpness, and a great POV as always!


I know I have seen killdeer here in Oregon. I don't often shoot birds and I guess I never noticed just how big their eyes are. This is a nice sharp image with good natural color. I like the water rings.

Evelynn : )

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-01 22:31]

Hello Rick

Excellent shot of this killdeer.I have found them to be quite difficult to photograph.Very good focus with sharp details.The colours are very natural,and the red around the eye is well saturated.Good POV and DOF,nice reflection in the puddle.TFS


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-04-02 2:03]

Great shot of this killdeer in its natural habitat, Rick.
They are usually very shy. It looks like you got fairly close.
Good details and colors.
TFS. : )

Wow I had no idea they had such big eyes! What a great shot, love the reflections in the water...and nice Pov. TFS

Thanks for your commments on my photo " A Lake Erie Late Afternoon (16)" :o)

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