Monday, May 28, 2012

Jalama Killdeer

These photos are from Jalama Beach. There is a freshwater output that attracts interesting birds. Below are two photos of a killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) trying to keep me away from their nest, which involves vivid displays to lure me away from the nest area. In the first photo, the killdeer is pretending that they have a broken wing (called the 'broken wing display') to appear weaker so the predator (me) will follow and think that the bird is an easy target. Then when they think the predator is far enough from the nest, they fly away quickly.