Killdeer with chicks

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Sandy-in-Alaska-100x-1002I found this adult Killdeer tending it's chicks on Merritt Island in April.  They are so tiny but look at those huge legs!  They run incredibly fast with those huge legs and one chick insisted on hiding under Mom (or Dad?) while being tended.  The adult constantly ran about rounding up the errant chicks except the one that insisted on staying under her. It is a powerful example of the strong instinctive bonds between parents and offspring.

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