Saturday, May 17, 2014


Killdeer bathing. Water splashing. Jackson and Jackson (2000) write, "Often bathes after feeding: Sits in water, splashes water over back and wings, and then stretches wings, shaking water off.” Like the bird in the first photo.

The second photo is of another individual performing a classic Ungulate Display to lure intruders away from its nest. The Killdeer positions itself between an intruder and the nest. The the bird spreads its wings forward and lower, often beating the wings against the ground. Finally the bird fans its tail and fluffs its feathers, making the Killdeer appear larger (Jackson and Jackson 2000).

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