Killdeer in Flight Over Bear River National Wildlife Refuge

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Killdeer in flight over Bear River National Wildlife RefugeKilldeer in flight over Bear River National Wildlife Refuge – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/4000, ISO 500, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

I have found trying to capture a Killdeer in flight a difficult endeavor because they fly fast and are hard to track but yesterday I did just that. I was photographing Forester’s Terns in flight over the marshes from the auto tour route at Bear River National Wildlife Refuge when I saw the Killdeer flying my way so I focused on it and created three nice flight shots.

Killdeer are medium sized shorebirds from the plover family that can be found in most of North America. I am fortunate to see them here in many locations including the Bear River National Wildlife Refuge in northern Utah.

It was lovely to head to the refuge and have totally clear skies for a change after all the rain and cloudy weather we have had here in May.

Life is good.



  1. Humming Bird Lover May 31, 2015 at 1:22 am

    Hi! Yes I remember the killdeer growing up in Michigan! They would make a nest in the path going back to the woods! They would play like they were hurt and flutter and run away to get you to leave! Their babies were so cute! Thank you for sharing as I never remember seeing them fly!

  2. Lois Bryan May 30, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    He’s a beauty!!!

  3. Patty Chadwick May 30, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    I love the sound they make….always makes me happy…..such a pretty little bird!!!

  4. Elephant's Child May 30, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Love it – and particularly seeing both sides of the wing in the same shot.

  5. Nancy Collins May 30, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Nice capture Mia! Love the white wing pattern!

  6. Utahbooklover May 30, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Great capture! We hear their “kill-deer” call in flight and sometimes see them walking around.

  7. Traveling Rockhopper May 30, 2015 at 10:03 am

    Great shot !

  8. Wally May 30, 2015 at 9:35 am

    Well done! Not an easy task but this sure looks good!

  9. Susan Stone May 30, 2015 at 7:20 am

    I used to watch Killdeer all the time, but don’t think I’ve ever seen one fly. In person. Nice shot!

  10. steven kessel May 30, 2015 at 6:53 am

    Great capture! Catching one of those on the wing is like trying to shoot an aspirin in the air.

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