Nature clicks #45 - Killdeer protect their nest

Female Killdeer
Nikon D200, Sigma 50-500 mm f/4.0-6.3, 500 mm (750 mm FX), 1/750s, f/8, -1.5 EV, ISO 100


Last week I promised to show some pictures of a couple Killdeer that I was watching in the wetlands. They showed their typical behavior by trying to lure me away from their nest site. I don't disturb birds on intend and didn't even try to find it, even if I had an idea where the nest was. The female sat down away from the nest several times and tried to make me believing it was sitting on eggs.


Male Killdeer
Nikon D200, Sigma 50-500 mm f/4.0-6.3, 420 mm (630 mm FX), 1/640s, f/6.3, -1 EV, ISO 100


The male made sure I was paying attention to him by running around in circles but at the same time moving away from their real nest. They are fun birds to watch and because the Killdeer is not as shy as some other birds they are a good subject for practicing long lens shooting technique.