Photos By Shawn Weigelt
June 11, 2009
Well, the four Killdeer eggs on my front lawn finally hatched and I was fortunate enough to be able to photograph one of the downy, “little peeps.” These photographs were taken the afternoon the birds hatched. We had only really been seeing one parent incubating the eggs or around the nest for several weeks. Once the little ones were born, however, there were suddenly two very protective adults. My wife and I became very concerned when we saw someone’s house cat stalking them later in the evening and I ran outside to chase it away. I don’t know if it got any of the babies, but I was instantly aware of what a dangerous place the world is for a newborn wild animal. I saw a parent Killdeer and one of the babies across the street the next day, but we have not seen them since. I hope they make it….
Nikon D80 70-300mm VR, ISO 250, f/5.6
1) at 300mm, 1/800sec
2) at 220mm, 1/1000sec