KilldeerAugust 2009

The killdeer is a moderate-size plover with two characteristics that set it apart from all other plovers: (1) It has two neck rings, whereas other plovers have one, and (2) what an incredibly silly name. Killdeer?

Was the ornithologist drunk or otherwise incapacitated when naming the bird? Whatever. The double neck ring is a handy way of identifying a killdeer.

Killdeer flying
  On the particular day, in a field by the Toftrees pond, three killdeer seemed to be playing tag. They repeatedly flew back and forth across the field and gave me good chances for flight photos.
Killdeer flying
  With leaf cover being at its heaviest, I had a moderate lens with me (mostly for blossoms and butterflies). Since the lens had a wider field of view, I could track the rapidly flying killdeer fairly consistently (but maintaining focus was a killer).
Killdeer flying
  Photo note: I used a Pentax K200D, with the SMC-A* 200mm macro lens (with a Pentax 2x multiplier) for the three photos, taken on July 15, 2009.

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