Mostly images of birds found in our region of Northampton County, NC.
(Image above is Potecasi Creek at Burnt Bridges)
Sunday, January 23, 2011
The Killdeer, Charadrius vociferus, is a very common Plover. They are perhaps best known for their broken wing display when one comes near their nest. There are no differences in markings between the sexes.
The courting displays are fun to see since there are a lot of 'fanned' tails.
They often nest in gravelled areas. This one was nesting in the center of our driveway. We had to keep a good lookout when driving over the nest. After they hatch, the chicks are ready to roll. They don't hang around the nest at all.
Below, is a series of a juvenile possibly catching his first worm.
I am a rank amateur birdwatcher and avid amateur bird photographer living near Conway, NC. Being retired allows me plenty of time to devote to the hobby/obsession. Most of my bird shots are taken in our yard near Burnt Bridges. I shoot with a Nikon D300 and D200 using the 500mm f/4 and 200-400mm f/4 VR lenses. The 500mm lives on a Wimberley head on a sturdy carbon fiber tripod. I have recently, June, 2012, purchased a 600mm Nikon f/4 which is now my main birding lens.