Several months ago Ann and I came upon a Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) nest with three eggs in it. Actually, it really isn’t a nest as we know it. They prefer to nest in gravelly locations. When they are ready to lay eggs, they just scrape aside the pebbles and drop the eggs on the spot. Then, during their nesting time, they perform their elaborate “broken wing” distraction, when the nest is approached too closely.
These ‘nests’ are difficult to see, as they usually blend in with the surrounding area. It is possible to step on one before you see it. So you must be alert.
We continued to monitor the situation during later visits to San Angelo State Park, where the nest was located. Finally, we arrived a few days after the chicks hatched. As you can see, young killdeer have are mostly big eyes and long legs. Also as you can see in the photo below, they, like most children, enjoy wading in the muddy water.
I hope that you enjoyed these photos and my little description of the nesting Killdeer. Click on any image to see an enlargement.
These are really beautiful!
Thank you so much, Karen
Marvelous series, Bob! Beautiful photos, as always. I’m especially drawn to the sweet portrait of the youngster. What a thrill it must have been to run across the nest and then be able to follow the family’s progress.
It was great fun following their progress. And I agree, that little one is a cutie. Thanks, Cindy
What a fantastic blog – I am so glad to have discovered it because I have recently become a passionate bird person. Your photos are incredible!
Thanks, Julie. I hope that you will continue reading it and I will try to provide more pictures and entertainment.
What great images, Bob. Love the young one. 🙂
Thanks you, Katie. Yes, that little one is a real cutie. 🙂
Wonderful images Bob, especially the little chick!
Thank you, Mia. That one is a little cutie. 🙂
Lovely birds, Bob, and particularly the cite ‘littley’ at the bottom! Cracking shots!
Sorry Bob – another ‘senior moment’ – should be ‘cute’!
That’s okay, John. Been there, done that. 🙂
Thanks, again, John.
Super cool Bob. I love the progression from eggs to clumsy young ones. I think their eggs are some of the most beautiful!
Thanks, Melissa. You should have seen those little chicks. About 4-5 inches tall, fuzz balls with big eyes and long legs. Little cuties. 🙂
Great photos and story, Bob! I enjoyed seeing the eggs and little chick!
Thanks, Karen. I am so glad that you enjoyed it. 🙂
The babies eye appears to be looking at you taking his/her picture just fantastic.
Yeah, Thanks, Frank. Real little cuties. 🙂
I watched a killdeer family raised in a nearby schoolyard last summer- fascinating birds, and mother was quite dedicated 🙂 Great pictures!
They are definitely fasinating. 🙂
That was really neat. following her and her eggs and chick right through.. aren’t they so sweet. c
Yes, that was a neat adventure for us. Thanks so much for commenting, Cecilia. 🙂
Bob that little baby is adorable, and I’m also very partial to their eyeliner too! 😉 ~ Lynda
Yeah, he is a real cutie. I hadn’t thought about their eyeliner. Cute. 🙂
absolutely amazing shots..the baby is priceless..he just a mirror image of mom..life is so precious for all of us as well as nature..
Thank you very much, Syl.
What a cute little baby!! I love the images!
Thank you so much, Shelly. 🙂
I love this little series! And how great that you got to see the babies!
Thank you, Karen. Glad you enjoyed it. 🙂
Absolutely adorable! Love the baby Killdeer, all legs and eyes! 🙂
Thanks, Linda. I hear you had a super time in the valley. 🙂
Very nice work Bob, good narration, interesting subject and super photos! 🙂
Thanks. H.J. I appreciate it.
Beautiful images, Bob! And thanks for the lesson on them. We don’t have the killdeer where I live (too dry) but the meadowlark nests on the ground in our fields, so we’ve gotten used to looking down for nest too.
Thanks, Ted. Great to hear your comments. 🙂
These are super images Bob, glad you shared…we used to hear the Killdeer where we used to live but no more since we live in the woods. I miss their songs.
Thanks, David. I appreciate you. They definitely have a distinctive song.
Bob…I love the photo of the nest and eggs. The renewal of life always amazes me. Thanks.
Thanks, Toby. I am in 100% agreement with you. 🙂