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The Killdeer is a year round resident in California, and gets its name from the shrill, wailing kill-deer call it makes.  I love their big eyes.

Killdeer_ Photography

Happy Earth Day!

Nikon D300s| Nikkor 200-500mm| Lexar Professional Digital Film| PS CC 2015|

More to come…



  1. Great photo :-)! I always like seeing their big eyes and the funny way they move. They always look so nervous!

    • I like their markings too. They look like little maitre-d’s in a Tuxedo. But their eyes, and the eyes of Black-necked Stilts always capture my heart.

      Thank you for the comment Myriam!

  2. Lovely photo!

  3. Wonderful! I have never been quick enough to capture one of these so well… nice and sharp!

    • Thank you so much Denise! I got lucky; this one was hungry and more interested in finding something yummy to eat, but it did keep an eye on me at all times.

  4. I’ve never heard of them. Handsome guy. Thanks for the introduction.

    • Thanks Dan! Really you’ve never heard of them? It looks like they are regulars in CT too, but I’m a bit challenged on small maps without state names or abbreviations. 🙂

      • They might be common here, but I don’t know much about our birds. I’ll check with the Mrs.

  5. Beauty! Never heard of this bird before. Guess I’m getting a birding education from your posts. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thank you so much Gordon! I’m happy to pass on the little knowledge I have to you Gordon. Let’s go birding! 🙂 Hope you had a great day today!

  6. Lovely capture, Deborah! We have them as well, I too love those eyes!! 🙂 Happy Earth Day back at ya! ❤

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