Killdeer – Charadrius vociferus


Photos By Shawn Weigelt
June 1, 2009
Carmel, Maine

This is a mother Killdeer who is currently sitting on four eggs on my front lawn.  Notice how she feigns injury, a trick Killdeer employ to distract potential predators from their young.  I try to give her as much space as possible when I have to go out to mow and give the nest a wide berth.

Nikon D 80 70-300mm VR:

1)  280mm, 1/640sec, ISO 160, f/5.6
2)  300mm, 1/500sec, ISo 160, f/5.6
3)  110mm, 1/640sec, ISO 160, f/4.6



2 Responses to “Killdeer – Charadrius vociferus”

  1. Excellent close-up!


    I also like the photos of the typical Killdeer behavior when you are perceived as a threat to their nest or young.

  2. Thanks! I’m going to wait as long as possible before I go anywhere near her again. I don’t want to stress her out. Can’t wait to see the babies!

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