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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S1-IS
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-10-19 2:08
Viewed: 3112
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This shot was taken at the Monterey Bay Aquarium aviary.

Charadrius vociferus

Pluvier kildir (French)
Playero sabanero, Chorlito tildio (Spanish)

The most widespread and familiar of the American plovers, the Killdeer is a common bird in farmyards, fields, and parking lots. Although many species of birds pretend to have a broken wing to lure predators from their nest, the Killdeer is the one most commonly seen performing this distraction display.

The Killdeer is one of the most successful shorebirds because of its fondness for human modified habitats and its willingness to nest close to people. Because they live so close to people, however, they are vulnerable to pesticide poisoning and collisions with cars and buildings.

Gravel rooftops attract Killdeer for nesting, but can be dangerous places to raise a brood. Chicks may be unable to leave a roof because of high parapets and screened drain openings. When adults lure chicks off the roof, the chicks may die from the fall. However, some chicks have been observed leaping from a seven-story building and surviving.

The broken-wing act used to lead predators from the nest would not keep a cow or horse from stepping on the eggs. To guard against large hoofed animals, the Killdeer uses a quite different display, fluffing itself up, displaying its tail over its head, and running at the beast to attempt to make it change its path.


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  • halki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 9 N: 105] (471)
  • [2005-10-19 3:31]

Hello Manyee!
Wonderful capture.Your model is very cute.I liked eye contact,POV and composition very much.Thanks for sharing.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-10-19 4:10]

What a nice looking bird that you have well captured. Good quality shot and beautiful environment. Congratulations Manyee and thanks for sharing with us.

Hello Manyee

Great capture. Good POV. The light was just right. Sharpness and detail spot on. Nice work. Thanks.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-10-19 7:00]

Good picture. Well exposed and good details. Great POV. Well done Manyee & TFS!


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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-10-19 8:07]

Cute bird and with sharp details.

Great shot Manyee. Short on time today, Thank You.

Hi Manyee
Good capture of this Killdeer !
I really like it

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  • Avare Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 4 N: 75] (514)
  • [2005-10-19 15:24]

Hello Manyee,

Good capture!
Colours, sharpness and deatils are good. I think the background is a little bit busy.TFS


Another lovely shot Manyee, composition and colours are great and a very informative note. TFS.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-10-19 16:21]

Manyee, I like pov and composition. The little catchlight in the eye is great.

Very nice details and texture.

Hi Manyee,
Nice capture, good pose and POV. I've never seen one of these Birds before.
I've done a WS to enhance the colours, I hope you don't Mind.
Thanks for posting, enjoy the rest of the week.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-10-23 0:07]

Personal assessment of the photo: very good. Under artificial light, I presume. Fill-flash would have help, I think.
Power of evocation in me: strong. I saw Killdeers often in my life.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you Manyee.

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