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Old Mar 13, 2005, 6:17 PM   #1
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I saw this Killdeer standing on the road so I took about 6 shots. Just before he flew away I noticed that he only had one leg. Didn't seem to slow him down any though. What a pretty little bird.
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Old Mar 13, 2005, 6:20 PM   #2
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Old Mar 14, 2005, 2:48 PM   #3
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Nice. I like #1 better out of the two. Poor guy. Amazing how well they adapt to limb loss.
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Old Mar 14, 2005, 6:51 PM   #4
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Looking at the second picture it looks like he has the other leg tucked up.

Do you see it?

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Old Mar 14, 2005, 6:54 PM   #5
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bobc wrote:
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Looking at the second picture it looks like he has the other leg tucked up.

Do you see it?

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I think what you're seeing is the bird's feathers flowing into a rock behind it.


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Old Mar 14, 2005, 7:04 PM   #6
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bobc wrote:
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Looking at the second picture it looks like he has the other leg tucked up.

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Hey, nice to hear from you Bob, Yes there is another picture that hints that the leg might be there. I understand it's one of there defense ploys. Like pretending they have a broken wing. Maybe because I stopped so close he was faking it. Take a look at the next photo and see what you think. After a closer look myself I think you are right the little faker had me hook, line and sinker.

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Old Mar 14, 2005, 8:24 PM   #7
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Bobc, You have sharp eyes my friend. I think you are absolutely right. Once again Mother Nature makes me out to be a liar.

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Old Mar 15, 2005, 12:01 AM   #8
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And why do these birds do this?
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If they have young or are nesting, many birds will fake injury or incapacity to try and draw the predator away from either the nest or the young.

They assume that any predator will go for the slower 'injured' bird as a priority. Once you get close enough though they 'will' fly away.

We have lapwings here that regularly limp away slowly with a wing spread out, feigning serious injury.

Very brave parents!
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If they have young or are nesting, many birds will fake injury or incapacity to try and draw the predator away from either the nest or the young.

They assume that any predator will go for the slower 'injured' bird as a priority. Once you get close enough though they 'will' fly away.

We have lapwings here that regularly limp away slowly with a wing spread out, feigning serious injury.

Very brave parents!
Right on Silvagod,
I should have known better. As my wife reminded me, the Killdeer are constantly teasing our Jack Russell with these attention getting ploys. It drives him crazy and she swears that the birds are laughing at him.
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