A few days ago, I noticed that our killdeer are back. I wrote last July about how these birds place their nests on the ground in the rocks next to the road in front of our house. This will be the 4th year we will get to enjoy watching the parents care for the eggs and then see the hatch.
This picture was taken last year, and I have re-processed it a little from last year’s version. Obviously there are two eggs here. Do you see the two chicks? They had just hatched and were up and running about an hour after this picture was taken. Wouldn’t you be quick to get up and run if your nest was on the ground? If anybody is wondering about those weeds around the nest, those are kochia, a very nasty weed we have here. I leave them around the nest until after the hatch, trying not to disturb the nest, and hoping a little extra camouflage may help them out.
On another note, some of you have asked me if you may use my pictures. By all means, feel free to use any of my pictures on my portfolio website. All I ask is that you use them for noncommercial purposes and give attribution to me as I describe on the home page there. The images there are high enough resolution for computer display, but if you would like a print of any size, you can order a print directly from the portfolio. The lab I use (Bay Photo) is top-notch and does a wonderful job. I can help advise you on what formatting and print medium would be best for any individual picture. If you need anything else or have questions, just contact me. And thank you for all your kind words about my pictures.