Sunday, June 17, 2012

Killdeer



While visiting the under-construction arboretum the Town of Babylon is building, I was introduced  to a mamma Killdeer tending her four eggs.  There were two nesting birds under blueberry bushes, this one was less afraid of us and let me get close. Jennifer, the town arborist,  and I were actually picking blueberries from this bush. The other mamma bird wouldn't let us get close at all. She jumped  around with her wing flat on the ground as if she is hurt. I love the red around her eye.
Happy father's day to all the dads out there!

6 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

the world's worst choice of nesting, yet it works...

Melissa said...

Happy Father's Day :)
Love that lower photo, and also hearing about how they protect the nest. I agree about the eye color.

S. Etole said...

Excellent image, Steve. I like the touch of color the blueberries give. Hope you have a great Father's Day.

Elizabeth Grimes said...

What a pretty face she has. :)

nance said...

steve, i have never seen one of these birds be so friendly. what a treat. i especially like the one that is more of the angle of being low to the ground and with the blue of the berries is a lovely addition. also i enjoyed the story.

missing moments said...

Great shots! Why oh why do they nest there?!