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Killdeer_7716Killdeer

A couple of weeks ago while I was taking my dog Koko for a walk she sniffed out a Killdeer nest at the edge of a gravel laneway leading into one of the soy bean fields adjacent to my home. I have been frequently trying to capture images of the birds but each time I approached the adults would fly way out into the field and begin feigning injury, as they do, to lure me away from the nest. I failed on each attempt. Yesterday as I took Koko for her daily walk after dinner I was delighted to see that three of the four eggs had hatched. When we arrived home after the walk I walked back over to the area where the nest was located and lay down on the gravel. The nice thing about living in a rural area is that it is generally safe to lay down near the road with out getting squashed 🙂  I needed to work very quickly so that the adults would not get too stressed with my presence. After a couple of quick photos of the adults I grabbed three quick images of the hatchlings in the nest and then departed.

Killdeers typically nest in the agriculture fields and along the roadsides near my home as they are ground nesting birds. The baby Killdeers do not stay at the nest for very long. In fact the fourth egg hatch some time after I photographed them and all four babies have left the nest and are running around in the fields with the adults.

Please click on each image to see the larger sharper version of each.

Killdeer Hatchlings_7720Killdeer Hatchlings

Killdeer on nest_7693Killdeer on Nest

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I have been away for a few days doing some shooting around my cottage on Horseshoe Lake near Parry Sound, Ontario. The weather was less than cooperative as it was raining most of the time. During one downpour I noticed a pair of Common Loons feeding two chicks out in the bay in front of the cottage. The only sign of life on the lake during this storm. When it looked like the storm was letting up, I jumped in the canoe and headed out onto the lake for a few photographs. My approach was very cautious – not wanting to stress the adult pair. I positioned my canoe well ahead of the direction they were heading in, letting the Loons decide how much they would tolerate my presence. It was a treat that they came close for several family portraits with no sign of being agitated. Had they showed any signs of being stressed I would have packed away my gear, left immediately, with no photos. No photograph is worth adding stress to the lives of our wildlife, especially wildlife with babies.

Considering the BP oil spill, I wonder what fate awaits these two chicks when they migrate south for the winter. Common Loons generally migrate along Atlantic and Pacific coasts and follow the Mississippi River to their winter homes along the Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf coast waters. I hope these two little fellas aren’t headed for the Gulf of Mexico.

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