Killdeer | Great Dismal National Wildlife Refuge

This Killdeer was running the banks of the canals in the Great Dismal National Wildlife Refuge near the coast of  Virgina. Adults have a brown back and wings, a white belly, and a white breast with two black bands. The rump is tawny orange. The face and cap are brown with a white forehead. They have an orange-red eye ring. This low “Eye to Eye” angle was shot with a 300mm lens. I was lying flat on the ground and crawling along with him. Although Killdeer are considered shorebirds, they often live far from the ocean. They live in grassland habitats such as fields, meadows, and pastures. The nest itself is merely a shallow depression or bowl in the ground, fringed by some stones and blades of grass.

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