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Old Apr 30, 2007, 8:57 PM   #1
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A teacher at my daughter's school showed her where a Kildeer had made it's nest so we went out over the weekend to get a few shots. When we got within about 10 feet, dad showed up to help protect the nest and she went into a display I hadn't seen before. Took a couple of quick shots and backed off so that we didn't disturb them too much. The tail feathers got blown out a bit, but I liked the display.



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Old Apr 30, 2007, 9:00 PM   #2
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and one more.
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Old Apr 30, 2007, 9:23 PM   #3
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Cooool action series. She does look serious.

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Old May 1, 2007, 4:23 AM   #4
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cool shots!
i've been dive bombed and pecked seriously by mocking birds in the past when trying for shots of their nest.
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Old May 1, 2007, 9:07 PM   #5
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Kinda looks like someone is expecting you to drop some food. Neat photos of the babies.



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Old May 1, 2007, 9:18 PM   #6
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Neat shots Jim, that is another bird I don't think I have ever seen before. Of course, before starting in photography I hardly looked at birds. Thanks for sharing them.

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Those tail feathers look fantastic and that baby sure looks hungry, great shots.
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Great shots. I didn't realize the reddish tail coverts could be so reflective in bright sunlight.

For those not familiar with Kildeers, this is a classical example of what is known as a distraction display - it is not aggressive, but is intended to divert a predator from the nest. The bird will often drag a wing, feigning injury while it leads the predator away. When at a safe distance from the nest, it will miraculously recover and fly off, leaving the predator deprived of a meal.

You were wise to back off when you did - it is a good habit to have developed. As you seem to already know, prolonged exposure to the sun can overheat eggs and/or nestlings that have not yet achieved the ability to control their own body temperature. Cold temperatures also can chill them, all of which is why it is necessary for the parents to brood the young and not be chased off the nest. A good thing forall of usto bear in mind when near a nest.

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