Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Calling killdeer, morning light, Point Reyes National Seashore

Calling killdeer, morning light

On my first hike of the new year (to Point Reyes National Seashore, of course!) I was greeted by a pair of killdeer right in the grassy area just off of the parking lot at the Limantour Trailhead. As I watched, the two of them wandered in opposite directions (with this one staying closer to me) while they foraged for breakfast, but they stayed in constant communication with eachother. They fell into a real rythm in the timing and pattern of their calls to each other, so it became easier to guess when to press the shutter to get this bird in action.


  1. Beautiful light on him, and nice and sharp. You must have been close! The dewy grass is a bonus too.

  2. Wow...the light on this bird is magical!

  3. Thanks, John! I was closer than I've ever been before to a killdeer.

    Thanks, Dominic! This is sunrise light coming through a break in the clouds on a foggy day. Pretty much the whole park was covered in thick fog except for this one area, which made for dramatic lighting.