Safe and Sound

Watercolor 16 X 20

©Jean Bidwell – “Safe and Sound”

I find the Killdeer, not only beautiful to the eye, but wonderful to watch. They are alert, attentive and remarkably “adaptive” to a number of environs.  Their “markings” truly set them apart from other members of the plover family, and their strong yet gentle “nature” is admirable, to say the least.

The Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) is a medium-sized plover.

The adults have a brown back and wings, a white belly, and a white breast with two black bands. The rump is tawny orange. The face and cap are brown with a white forehead. The eyering orange-red. The chicks are patterned almost identically to the adults, and are precocial — able to move around immediately after hatching. The Killdeer frequently uses a “broken wing act” to distract predators from the nest. Source:

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