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When you get close to their nest Killdeer will start doing a tail display or the “Broken Wing” display. This is to get potential threats away from their nest. When I see this type of display I usually stop and try to locate the nest, which can be very difficult as they have eggs with spots. These spots blend in so well with the ground, making them virtually invisible. I do this not to antagonize the bird but to locate the eggs so I don’t accidentally step on the eggs when I am trying to back off or go around the parent.

Taken in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Nikon D300
ISO 320
EV 0.00
Pattern Metering
No Flash
490 MM
WB Sunny


  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 4 years ago

    Awesome colorful details Michael…love it…inst fave BTW!!!

  • Thank you very much Larry

    – Michael Cummings

  • AuntieBarbie
    AuntieBarbiealmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful photo of an awesome bird. Reminds me of a perfect headress for the Indian Tribes doing a rain dance.

  • Thank you very much, Barb

    – Michael Cummings

  • labaker
    labakeralmost 4 years ago

    wonderful display! love them!

  • Thank you very much Larry

    – Michael Cummings

  • lcretyi
    lcretyialmost 4 years ago

    Out Standing Michael, what a fabulous capture….hugs

  • Thank you very much, Laura

    – Michael Cummings

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkealmost 4 years ago

    Gorgeous display. I got one last year that was fantastic. One of my favorite birds. Great capture.

  • Thank you very much, Bunny

    – Michael Cummings

  • Wayne Wood
    Wayne Woodalmost 4 years ago

    nice behavioral image Michael, love the color

  • Thanks Wayne :-)

    – Michael Cummings

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotalmost 4 years ago

    Great capture, Michael! Isn’t it amazing how birds know to do this!

  • Yes, but always a good idea to try to locate the nest so you don’t accidentally step on the eggs.

    – Michael Cummings

  • Bobjarrett
    Bobjarrettalmost 4 years ago

    Very color display Michael. Great work.

  • Thank you very much, Bob

    – Michael Cummings

  • Beve Brown-Clark
    Beve Brown-Clarkalmost 4 years ago

    Excellent capture…beautiful tail fan…rich in color!

  • Thank you very much, Beve

    – Michael Cummings

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyeralmost 4 years ago

    F a b u l o u s !

  • Thank you very much, Trish

    – Michael Cummings

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