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Killdeer overshadows rock

A looming Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) casts a long shadow in the late afternoon sun, standing on a bermed farm road east of Phoenix (photo A.Shock).  Despite its scientific name, it was being silent, and not vociferus at all.  And despite its common name, ungulates don’t have to worry, but you invertebrates? — quake in your lowly, mud-coated exoskeletons.

Posted by Allison on Dec 15th 2010 08:26 am | One Comment
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One Response to “Killdeer overshadows rock”

  1. sueon 18 Dec 2010 at 12:35 pm link comment

    there were killdeer near a beach we used to visit as a family. Now the call of a killdeer takes me back there instantly…I love how natural sounds are so evocative of time and place.

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