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Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
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This female Killdeer is standing over eggs in its "nest." Three eggs are actually present but only one is clearly visible. Even the clearly visible one is very well camouflaged.

It is reputed their call sounds like "kill deer" and thus the name. I don't hear it myself but maybe that's just me.


(2007) Palo Alto Bird Sanctuary   •  Photo Posted June 18, 2007   •  © 2007 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License
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Killdeer eggs
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This is a photo of three very well camouflaged eggs in a Killdeer "nest." Because Killdeer often lay their eggs on gravelexternal link, the parking lot at the sanctuary had become a favorite nesting spot for them. Unfortunately a parking lot is a dangerous place for eggs, which leads to much failure for the Killdeer who lay eggs there.


(2007) Palo Alto Bird Sanctuary   •  Photo Posted June 3, 2007   •  © 2007 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License
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Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
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The female Killdeer in this picture is adopting a wounded bird pose and making a distress call. She is trying to lure me away from her nest by convincing me she is easy prey. Luckily for her I only wanted her photo.


(2007) Palo Alto Bird Sanctuary   •  Photo Posted June 20, 2007   •  © 2007 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License
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Killdeer in Flight
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Killdeerinternal link are a shy and fast bird. Consequently I rarely get a good shot of one. I was lucky this day to get that elusive shot.
(2007) Palo Alto Bird Sanctuary, California   •  Photo Posted Friday, November 16, 2007   •  © 2007 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License
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Killdeer eggs
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This was the second killdeer nest I'd found. internal link The first one was on gravel and this one on flowerbed mulch. Both times the nests were easily overlooked and the eggs hard to spot. external link


Middle Harbor Park, Oakland, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 14 June, 2010)   •  (Photo taken 15:10:46 Sunday 14 March, 2010)   •  © 2010 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #Harbor_Park
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Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
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This killdeer external link tried to lure me away from her nest and eggs fluttering her wings as if injured. internal link Ironically, the only reason I knew her nest was nearby was because of the mother killdeer's behavior. She faked being hurt and then looked back to see if I was buying it.


Middle Harbor Park, Oakland, California   •  (Photo posted Tuesday 15 June, 2010)   •  (Photo taken 15:11:44 Sunday 14 March, 2010)   •  © 2010 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #Being_Hurt
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