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Find the Killdeer in This Picture

killdeer on rocks in stream

Find the Killdeer in the Picture

There are six killdeer in this photo, cleverly camouflaged in their natural living and nesting habitat of rocks and pebbles in moving water.

I had focused on one of the birds, and saw a few others, but it wasn’t until I downloaded the images and opened them on my monitor that I saw all the others. Clever camouflage!

I took the photo along Chartiers Creek in Carnegie.

A story about killdeer actually inspired me to set up this daily photo blog, and they are the subject of my very first post on this blog: https://bernadettestoday.wordpress.com/2009/06/23/a-fathers-day-drama/. All birds are the centers of their own universes, but the killdeer’s self-absorption is comical—the parent birds do the “broken wing” routine with suspected predators, and it’s not at all convincing, especially when they are nesting in the gravel of the train tracks that run right through town. But I will admit, they are darned difficult to spot if they’re not moving.

4 responses

  1. Oh my goodness! You know how I feel about birds but this is a really cool picture.

    September 22, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    • But did you find all the birds? Killdeer are such busy bodies!

      September 22, 2010 at 4:47 pm

  2. Renee

    I love these little guys. They are so much fun to watch down at the pond. I’m always trying to hide in the bushes so that I can get a good photo of the heron but the killdeer always give me away! Great photo, Bernadette!

    September 21, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    • Thanks, Renee! Their nesting habits are interesting–including in the gravel between the rails of the train tracks! I love the parents’ “broken wing” routine too–not very convincing [kioppp–this is Cookie’s comment] but it seems to work for predators. I often encounter them in industrial areas as well. I love their tiny legs and roadrunner gait!

      A story about killdeer actually inspired me to set up this daily photo blog, and they are the subject of my very first post on this blog: https://bernadettestoday.wordpress.com/2009/06/23/a-fathers-day-drama/. I meant to add that to this post and completely forgot…

      September 21, 2010 at 9:31 pm

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