Killdeer are pretty little birds that nest on the ground. Killdeer are graceful plovers that are seen just about everywhere -- lawns, golf courses, athletic fields, and parking lots. They are shorebirds you can see without going to the beach.
This little beauty made a nest in the stones at the base of a tree at the entrance walk of a church. You could walk right by her and never notice she was there. If a killdeer thinks her nest is threatened, she moves away from it and fakes having a broken wing. This way she looks like an easy target and draws the threat away from the nest.
In the two photos below you can see her on the nest and then drawing me out into the parking lot by pretending to be injured. I didn't spend too much time as I really didn't want to stress her.
On to the Park
No story. I just thought you might enjoy a few pictures I took with the new lens that Linda allowed me to buy. It's pretty big (a wheelbarrow would be handy), but it lets me get a bit closer to the birds. Linda let me buy it so I wouldn't be gored by a bison when we visit Yellowstone (she saw a news story). So, lucky me.
The white cattle egret is pretty common around this part of Texas and has really spread across the whole country. The first birds were originally from Africa and came here in 1953. The tan feathers are breeding plumage.
Ducks in a tree! The black-bellied whistler is one of the few ducks you will find regularly in trees. Twenty years ago I had to go down toward Corpus Christi to see whistlers, but they have gradually moved north and are now common here.
There are few birds more eye-catching than egrets and herons. The little blue heron is particularly pretty with its slate-blue body and slightly reddish head.
The boat-tailed grackle is not a pretty bird, and I unfortunately did not do a good job of capturing his iridescent feathers. He can be found in the wetlands along the east and gulf coasts and the near inland areas. His cousin the common grackle can be found in super market parking lots and is also known as the rat-with-wings.
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