It was at least four years ago when I first saw Killdeer on a farm field. Its calling song and the swift move on the ground is unique. It is hard to miss them when they are around. I was thrilled to see at least half dozen of them at Ridge Field Wildlife Refuge soon after.

I presume it’s the mother (male and female look alike) who is always very protective of their babies (or eggs). They would try to mislead you to a different location away from where their eggs really are. ¬†If the secret hide-out is unfortunately broken, they would fluff their full display of wings on alert position and ready to fight you off.

Love in the Backyard – Flickers

Aside from technical aspect, bird photography puts me in training for my patience and persistence. I heard Flicker’s calls and saw them flying by for years without taking a good picture. Credited to a ‘woodpecker delight’ suet I randomly picked up at the store which suddenly¬†becomes a hit, my backyard has been busy. Flickers came numerous times a day this summer, and they seemed to become less intimidated by the people around.

At first, I love how they hang (bashfully) on the tree trunk, half hidden. Later I was thrilled to see them come to drink the water (getting closer to my camera). I am no bird expert, but a bird with his mouth wide open tells he is waiting to be fed, a newbie. Thinking ‘patience’, I waited and waited, and was able to capture the feeding scene. However, not until I looked at the picture carefully, I did not realize that Dad was doing the feeding.

FYI. Flicker male has a red mark under his chin.