A Killdeer in Morning Light

A Killdeer in morning lightA Killdeer in morning light – Nikon D810, f6.3, 1/1600, ISO 400, -0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

I believe that the first shorebirds I ever noticed as a very young girl were Killdeer and I think I noticed them mostly because they were so noisy. They hung around parking lots and I’d find them quite in fields and pastures. They sure got my attention.

This time of the year our Killdeer population seems to explode because the birds that nested further north are migrating into the area. I photographed this Killdeer two weeks ago at Farmington Bay WMA and liked the fall colors in the background and the bird’s muddy bill.

The great news is that I finally have my camera back in my hands and I am anxious to get back out into the field. I’m so happy I could dance!

Life is good.



  1. Humming bird lover October 12, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    Hi! Yes we loved the killdeers also in Michigan where I grew up, too. Great photo honey! Love mom

  2. Utahbooklover October 11, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    Nice image and congrats on the camera return. We have a lot it these around here and I love to here their call as they fly overhead both day and night.

  3. Deborah October 10, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    Thank you! I am living here with one of my sisters and we were very blessed. It is so devastating and tragic for so many.
    I’m only about an hour and a half away from Columbia

    • Cindy October 10, 2015 at 6:06 pm

      Stay safe, Deborah and thank you, Mia for letting me converse with Deborah. 🙂

  4. Elephant's Child October 10, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    Love the kildeer – and happy dances for your camera.

  5. Deborah October 10, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    I absolute LOVE the mating series! The location could not’ve been better had you “staged” it. Truly fantastic. The light, the colors and textures are all so wonderfully put together.

  6. Cindy October 10, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Deborah, sorry about the flooding in So Carolina. Know the area well since we used to live in Columbia and Shaw AFB. Very tragic. We look forward to your Happy Dance , Mia. 🙂

  7. Deborah October 10, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    Hey Mia, I’m sorry, I haven’t been keeping up very well. I did not even know you were w/o your camera. That was a drag, I know.
    I’m just happy for YOU, that you have it back!
    I’m trying to get organized and pack for my cross country move. Then we had the 1000 year flood here in SC, so I’ve just not had much online time.
    I LOVE these elusive little birds. Your great fall photo is beautiful. I dig the colors and softness of the background also.
    The first time I ever photographed one was while visiting here in SC. It was nesting on three gorgeously spotted eggs on a pile of broken up bricks at a parking lot construction site. That really blew me away that they would lay the eggs in such a dangerous place.

  8. Cindy October 10, 2015 at 8:55 am

    Lush colors…..calming. His eye is penetrating. Glad you have your camera back, Mia. 🙂

  9. Susan Stone October 10, 2015 at 8:50 am

    It has never occurred to me that Killdeer would be considered shore birds – even though I know they are related to many such – because the only places I’ve seen them have been far from water, especially the ocean.

  10. Jo Smith October 10, 2015 at 7:50 am

    I remember finding my first Killdeer nest and its broken wing act. I was probably 10 years old at the time.

  11. Patty Chadwick October 10, 2015 at 7:34 am

    They have a kind of haunting sound to me…not in a bad way, but “different”…hlad your camera is back…took long enough for a simple fix!

  12. Bob mcpherson October 10, 2015 at 5:57 am

    Beautiful capture, Mia, love kildeer also.

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