Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Kildeer


As I was walking this week, I heard the cry of the adult Kildeer and knew I must be close to his nest. To my surprise, three baby Kildeer chicks were right beside the walking path.

I didn't have my camera with me, but I brought it the second time around. The babies had moved into the meadow and of course, no zoom lens, but I was able to get a few fuzzy pictures of these precious little birds.




They are the funniest little things,
 bobbing up and down like a cork as they walk.




Here is a one of the parents, the male I believe. He was raising quite a racket and would drag his wing like he was injured. If I made a move to get closer, he would suddenly take flight.


I never know what I will see on my walk.
As a matter of fact, as I continued around the path I saw a three foot black snake about half way across my path near the bridge.
Even though he wasn't poisonious, I was so rattled that it never ocurred to me to take his picture. I just made a wide circle around him and kept moving!

God's world is always a wonder to me.






3 comments:

Jenni said...

So glad you shared your walk with us... yes, God' World is pretty amazing!

Isn't it sweet how that the older killdeer used that diversionary tactic to try to get your attention away from the babies...
I had read that they do that, but never got to see it!

Girl, that black snake would have freaked me out, too... y'all could have heard me hollering all the way from Texas! LOL!
Have a great day!
Jenni

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

That's a pretty bird, I don't think we have those in MO. But we have our share of the black snakes!

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

Hi Carolyn, I just had to come back and let you know I was wrong! I looked up the killdeer and we DO have it here although I've never seen one. Something about that name kept bothering me until I researched it so I wanted to correct my previous comment!

Yep, I'm up late. Have a good rest of the weekend. Oh and thanks for your visit and comment!