Don't landscape just yet (New Pics of Mom)

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We're building a new home (just about done) and we'd asked the builder to even-out the back yard. That included getting rid of a pile of dried concrete where the foundation crew did a wash-out in the middle of the yard. I noted a killdeer skittering around as I positioned myself for a wide angle shot of the back of the house. She started acting as though she were injured and I knew then I had to be careful where I stepped. In the middle of our little pile of concrete...

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Needless to say, we asked the construction supervisor to hold off on cleaning up the back yard for a few weeks to give Mom a chance to hatch 'em.

This was about six inches away with the 10-20mm at 20mm. When I go out in the coming days, I'll pack some longer glass for momma. :smile:

UPDATE: Went back out today with the big gun (70-200mm VR + TC-17E II). This time, Mom....erm....Dad?....whomever held his or her ground. This time, there were two. A second killdeer showed up a few minutes later leading me to believe it was a mated pair taking turns minding the huevos.

"Oh crud. You can't see me. Can you?"
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"Dangit. He saw me."
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"Whoa! How close are you gonna get?!?"
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"OK, buddy. That's close enough. You're asking for it...."
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Good shot Matt....I captured some pictures of 4 eggs almost just like this recently from a Killdeer nest here in north Atlanta recently. I am wondering if they have hatched yet...
 
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Ohhhhh great find, just in time.
How wonderful to be able to watch and record the family
Thanks for sharing.
Excellent image.

Can't wait for the follow ups:)))
 
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Good story and images. I found a pair last week where I work but before I could get any images a crow took a liking to the eggs.:frown:
 
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A little close there, Matt in those last two. Don't want to stress the parents - they're already living in the middle of a construction zone! :eek:
Will be interesting to see shots of the little fluff balls in a few weeks. Hopefully you don't have too many raccoons in your neighbourhood.
 
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A little close there, Matt in those last two. Don't want to stress the parents - they're already living in the middle of a construction zone! :eek:
I was farther away than it looks. I shot those at the equivalent of 340mm and did a pretty severe crop. The last thing I want to do is scare them off.
Will be interesting to see shots of the little fluff balls in a few weeks.
I feel like an expectant father. :biggrin:
 

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