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Killdeer - Plover 1

Killdeer - Plover 2

Killdeer - Plover 3

My wildlife photography relies more on luck than on any great skill. My wife spotted what she thought were sandpipers by the shore and directed me there, while re-directing the dog in to another area. With some( quite a few) multiple shots, followed by some cropping with miner adjustments I managed a few respectable compositions to share. 

Mother's Bird-book Memories

Mother’s Bird-book Memories

Accurate identification was an issue.  These birds were not sandpipers. They are a type of plover, but which type was the question. With the assistance of of some online resources and then cross-referencing my parents old bird book( full of my mother’s many lists/reminders)  I determined these were killdeer ( unless I messed that up – those in the know will surely confirm/correct).

See these blogs /resources:

Prairie Birder’s Pre-Ontario Birding

Clare Kines –  Identifying Plovers: Harder Than You Think

Birds Canada: Shorebirding A Week on Weed Lake



Killdeer - Plover Pair 1


Killdeer - Plover Pair 2


Killdeer - Plover Pair 3


14 responses

  1. We, too, scour our bird-books

    May 2, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    • elmediat

      My birding knowledge is very very limited to the easily often seen. 😀
      The similarities between the other plovers and the killdeer had me baffled. 🙂

      May 2, 2015 at 3:54 pm

  2. Well done! I have the same book it belonged to my dad. Plovers and kildeer are cousins and can make one second and third guess an id. A great online reference is

    May 2, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    • elmediat

      Many thanks. I would of missed them if Elizabeth had not pointed them out. You would have seagulls instead. 😀

      May 2, 2015 at 7:15 pm

  3. You captured some great shots!

    May 2, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    • elmediat

      Many thanks Mary. Glad you enjoyed the post & took the time to comment. 🙂

      May 2, 2015 at 8:31 pm

  4. so sweet.

    May 2, 2015 at 11:41 pm

  5. love the old book too.

    May 2, 2015 at 11:42 pm

    • elmediat

      Thanks very much.
      The birds are so delicate – reminds you of the intricacies & fragility of nature.
      The old book has proven a very valuable image resource – all the taped edges and bits of writing work beautifully for creating texture layers and composite pieces. 🙂

      May 3, 2015 at 12:15 am

  6. These are interesting looking birds. I don’t believe I have ever seen any like them. Their neckline is quite distinctive and lovely. Killdeer, you say, I will have to remember that.

    May 3, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    • elmediat

      Yes, I had heard the name, but until now had no experience with sighting them.
      Hope all is well and you also have shed the winter woes. 🙂

      May 3, 2015 at 3:28 pm

  7. Those little birds are so delicate.

    May 13, 2015 at 1:34 am

    • elmediat

      Oh Yes, watching them move – they had the quality of nimble dancers with staccato stops & runs. 🙂

      May 13, 2015 at 11:23 am

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