Thursday, April 24, 2008

Broken Wing Distraction Technique of a Killdeer

The Killdeer is the largest of the ringed plovers, and the only plover in its range with a double breast band. Killdeers have brown upperparts, white underparts, and orange rumps. Adults and juveniles look the same year round, but young, downy chicks have a single breast band. In flight, the Killdeer's long, slender wings have conspicuous white wing stripes.
During the breeding season, Killdeers are easily observed vocalizing and performing broken-wing displays to distract intruders away from nests and chicks. Pairs defend territories, and individuals spread out while foraging. Killdeers have a 'running-stopping-bobbing' gait. Killdeers are extremely vocal and respond to disturbance with sharp alarm calls.

This particular Killdeer was very good at the fake broken wing display. (Click photo to enlarge for detail.)

For some reason, I liked this shot with the goose.

This is the only flight shot I have managed to get that was decent. I liked the sky.

1 comment:

Peter said...

Hi, The broke wing dance, what a good image. I once saw an image that showed the Killdeer with wings down and 10 legs showing under the wing that I have never forgot. I always thought that,that person was so luck to see that never mind get a great image of it.
O'well our turn is coming around!
Pete from It's About the Journey