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Old Mar 29, 2012, 1:44 PM   #1
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These guys are bi-polar. One moment they are nice and pleasant like in the picture below, and then take one step near them and they suddenly snap and will practically exhaust themselves of energy while trying to lure you away from the nest. This is the 5th season of them nesting on the side of our driveway. Only the one egg thus far (appeared last night) but they usually have 4 in the gravel next before they start incubating them.


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Old Mar 29, 2012, 3:22 PM   #2
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G'day Q71

We have 'em downunder as the 'Spurwing Plover' > same nesting behaviour followed by same distraction to lure you away from the eggs

Equally the birds can give you a nasty peck if you venture too close to the young ones

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We have another variation called "Piping Plover" that normally habitats at the beach. The Delaware State Parks will even close off a 3/4 mile stretch of beach seasonally while they are nesting in hopes of increasing their numbers. Not fun when you're trying to fight for a parking space while surf fishing, but great for the birds!
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Old Apr 1, 2012, 1:03 PM   #4
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Here's another one from today. I can't get much closer with my current lens selection without really spooking them. I think I may look into a 1.4x TC...it seems that it might get more overall use down the road than another specific lens. Oh, T3i and my 200/2.8L on a tripod.


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Lovely bird....
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