And no, I didn't deliberately shoot these killdeers mating. As those who know me know, I'm very short-sighted. My telephoto zoom is my vision piece. And, as those who've taken pictures with me also know, I take lots of shots at a time.
It's the law of large numbers: The more pictures I take of any given subject, the more chance there is that at least one will be in focus.
Or, they might reveal an interesting sequence...
The Nine Mating Moves of a Killdeer.
1. The nonchalant approach. Really, this killdeer is just strolling down the beach.
2. What's that? A hot new bird in the neighbourhood?
3. Maybe call. See if he's free and interested.
4. Time for a drink. And a mirror.
(Only one pair of legs on the ground. Yes, it was the Killdeer foot count that told me something was going on.)
7. Go! (Or not. I was a very long way away.)
8. More action. (Or maybe he's clambering off?)
9. The End.
I don't know what that male did to lure her across the beach. Scraped a nest, perhaps?
And yes, I was shocked when I realized what I had taken pictures of... I mean, isn't the end of June a bit late in the season for mating? What are they thinking?
What are these? Killdeers
Location: South of Chaplin, along Chaplin Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Photo date: June 29, 2012.