Yesterday afternoon we payed a short visit to Koll wetlands. As soon as we got out of the car and walked to the edge of the pond there was a red-tailed hawk that swooped down in a mudflat near a killdeer. When he saw us the hawk took flight. We were worried he grabbed one of the killdeer but he ended up only getting a talon full of weeds. Although he only got plants the killdeer were calling rapidly to one another; "Killdeer, Killdeer". They were calling to each other the whole time we were there. Since the killdeer were disoriented I was able to get a rare up close encounter with the bird!
Hello Mrs. killdeer!
Cool! That's a pintail!
Mrs. killdeer again.
Pintail, a mallard and short-billed dowitchers.
Lots of wigeon!
More wigeon. Also a female Eurasian wigeon! (bottom left).
The male cinnamon teal.
Look who's coming in!
Two red-tailed hawks!
No don't go in the parking lot!
I can't quite tell what these are.
Me walking up to the male killdeer didn't even phase him! This is not zoomed in!