Thursday, May 24, 2007
On our way to work I'd been noticing this mommy killdeer hanging out in the corner of a gravel lot... soon I noticed she was always there. I convinced Joe that we needed to stop and take a picture to capture her nest-protecting skills in pixels. This is her, standing akimbo, about to launch into a very dramatic wing-flapping performance. Killdeers lead predators and peepers (like myself) away from their eggs, which sit vulnerably on the ground, by pretending to be injured. She had this way of flapping her wings that made it look as if she were on her back. Throughout the performance, she squeaked frantically until two more killdeer appeared on the scene and joined in the action.
I still got to see the nest though :-)