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Killdeer

It’s a Killdeer

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a Killdeer. The birds version of a crash test dummy. The Killdeer is all over Palo Pinto County and Mineral Wells, Texas. The strange thing is that this bird is a shorebird without a beach. My wife believes it to be one of the dumbest birds on the planet. They will lay their eggs anywhere underfoot. These Plovers are one of my favorites to “play” with as such. You can get near a “nest” and the Killdeer will try to lead you away and then play injured. They like to run in spurts and then stop abruptly. The Killdeer is tan to brown on top and white below. The white chest is barred with two black bands, and the brown face is marked with black and white patches. The Killdeer can always be seen from busy highways and streets alike. They love the open fields and golf courses in our area.

Killdeer black & white
Killdeer black & white
  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Camera: X-S1
  • Taken: 23 June, 2012
  • Focal length: 158.6mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/450s

Killdeer
Killdeer
  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Camera: X-S1
  • Taken: 23 June, 2012
  • Focal length: 158.6mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/900s

Killdeer being noisy
Killdeer being noisy
  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Camera: X-S1
  • Taken: 23 June, 2012
  • Focal length: 158.6mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/900s