Killdeer Nest, Eggs and Young

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I stopped by Battle Creek Wildlife Area a couple of weeks ago and when I drove into the parking lot I saw this…

An adult Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) sitting in the middle of the gravel parking lot. Well, I knew right away that she had to be sitting on eggs.

I shot some video from the car, but when my phone rang, she took off, allowing me to see the “nest” and eggs shown above (click on photos for full sized images).

Even knowing exactly where she took off from, it was difficult to see the nest as you can tell from the video. The video also includes footage taken a week later at Lema Ranch where a pair of Killdeer were foraging with their young.

I ducked down behind a tree to snap these photos but the parents were having none of it.

The Killdeer is aptly named “Charadrius vociferus.” As you undoubtedly noticed from the video, they are extremely vocal and when the adult birds gave a certain call to their fawns , they rushed into the bulrush where they disappeared.

Which left me taking photos of the young one’s parents.

Which left me taking photos of the young one’s parents.

Which left me taking photos of the young one’s parents.

Which left me taking photos of the young one’s parents.

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Larry Jordan

Larry Jordan

Larry Jordan is an avid birder and amateur photographer living on the Pacific Flyway near the Central Valley of Northern California. He is a board member of his local Audubon Society and is a bird and wildlife conservationist. Larry contributes to several wildlife conservation organizations and is a BirdLife International "Species Champion." He is also Habitat Manager for the Burrowing Owl Conservation Network, an organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Western Burrowing Owl population in the United States. Larry has been blogging about birds since September of 2007 at TheBirdersReport.com

Larry Jordan

Larry Jordan

Larry Jordan is an avid birder and amateur photographer living on the Pacific Flyway near the Central Valley of Northern California. He is a board member of his local Audubon Society and is a bird and wildlife conservationist. Larry contributes to several wildlife conservation organizations and is a BirdLife International "Species Champion." He is also Habitat Manager for the Burrowing Owl Conservation Network, an organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Western Burrowing Owl population in the United States. Larry has been blogging about birds since September of 2007 at TheBirdersReport.com

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Cabail
Cabail

Très belle série,bravo.

Timforpres
Timforpres

Awesome shots & video! I got the pleasure of seeing some little Killdeer chicks last summer! I was thrilled! I don’t know why, but I think Killdeer chicks are the cutest! They kept hiding under their mother, making it look like she had 10 legs! Nice job on the video, keeping up with that parent couldn’t have been easy!