Killdeer (with call)

Larry Trupp

Winnipeg, Canada

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The Birds.. 25 May 2011

The World As We See It, or As You See It..20 May 2011

Captured in the meadow,near Oak Hammock Marsh north of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Canon XTi, Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 OS AV 6.3 Shooting mode Sports, Shutter Speed 1/1250 IS0 400 Focal Length 500mm

The Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) is a medium-sized plover.

Adults have a brown back and wings, a white belly, and a white breast with two black bands. The rump is tawny orange. The face and cap are brown with a white forehead. They have an orange-red eyering. The chicks are patterned almost identically to the adults.

Their name comes from their frequently heard call. These birds will frequently use a distraction display (“broken-wing act”) to distract predators from their nests. This involves the bird walking away from its nesting area holding its wing in a position that simulates an injury and then flapping around on the ground emitting a distress call. The predators then think they have easy prey and are attracted to this seemingly injured bird and away from the nest. She was trying her broken wing trick on me, trying to lure me away from her nest, which I could not find BTW. Their sound can be heard HERE PLEASE SCROLL DOWN TO LISTEN TO THEIR CALL, AND TURN UP THE VOLUME PLEASE.

Info gleaned from Wikipedia

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