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The most adorable Killfawn ever photographed!!

Yesterday I had to do a double take with some Killdeer that were on the side of the road. . . . I said β€œLook a bunch of Killfawns”!!! This pair of Killdeer had 4 baby killdeer running beside them! This photo series is pretty much what happened within the following minute!

Killdeer and Killfawns were together and then I pulled up with my vehicle!

Killfawn Running
Mom chirps RUN babies RUN!

Killfawns go every which direction

They stop to listen for mom’s next direction!

Mom says follow me babies!

Mom where are you going?
Hey Mom . . . Wait for us! . . . . Where are you going?

Looking for mom!
Hey Brother-Sister . . . where did mom go? . . . . Chirp!

Killdeer Display
Mom and Dad is down the road . . .

Killdeer Display
. . . . displaying a broken wing and attracting me away.

KillfawnBabies make it safe into the grass where the Photographer couldn’t find them!


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49 responses

  1. Marg

    OMG the cutest ever-and I didn’t know they called Killdeer babies Killfawn!

    17 June 2008 at 8:18 pm

  2. Marg . . . . well I think most others call them baby killdeer but I think Killfawns are a great name for them!!!

    17 June 2008 at 8:20 pm

  3. LOB

    Hey TLBFC members!
    Let’s hear it for Tom – the OOOAAA! (the Object Of Our Admiration, Appreciation and Affection!
    Another great post!

    17 June 2008 at 8:22 pm

  4. Marg

    I like it-I’m going to start using it too πŸ™‚

    17 June 2008 at 8:25 pm

  5. Oh, so adorable! When we lived in Ohio years ago, Kildeer used to always have “nests” in our back yard. I loved watching the “fawns” (great name) and was intrigued by the broken wing trick of the parents. Great series of photos! Loved it!

    17 June 2008 at 8:28 pm

  6. Lisa at Greenbow

    Now these fawns are adorable. I remember picking up one and they are as light as air.

    17 June 2008 at 8:59 pm

  7. Mike Head

    Great series Tom,

    I am still in Cleveland and I called Noreen and had her look on the computer at home. Between the Eagle/Osprey duel and this series you have had quite a week. Very Nice


    17 June 2008 at 9:09 pm

  8. After the eagle/osprey battle, I didn’t think you could top yourself. But you did.
    Killfawn–LOL! But sweet, and it fits.

    17 June 2008 at 9:44 pm

  9. They are the cutest baby birds ever! And your pictures are so good.

    17 June 2008 at 9:45 pm

  10. That is an adorable series and narrative Tom!

    17 June 2008 at 9:52 pm

  11. I’m totally loving those photos! It should be a children’s book with these pictures. Those are just the cutest Killdeer I’ve ever seen.

    17 June 2008 at 10:42 pm

  12. I don’t think I have ever seen a bird like this or heard of it either. Really neat!

    17 June 2008 at 10:52 pm

  13. Too utterly adorable! Killfawns. Adorable! πŸ™‚

    17 June 2008 at 11:41 pm

  14. Killfawns – I love it! Great photos of a wonderful bird. It’s amazing watching the parents do the broken wing dance to lead any threats away from their young.

    17 June 2008 at 11:48 pm

  15. Oh, how adorable! Those are really spectacular pictures! I see a lot of killdeer around here but have never seen the babies before.

    18 June 2008 at 12:51 am

  16. Tom, what camera did you use for these shots? That’s incredible. I loved it, and it reminded me of the killdeer I saw a year ago who were nesting near a busy road in my neighborhood. I would have loved to have seen them again this year. But I’ll relive my memories through your photos for now. BTW, I only saw 2 “killfawn” with mom and dad last year. This mom and dad have their “wings” full, don’t they?

    18 June 2008 at 1:21 am

  17. That was totally adorable and another good reason to always have the camera with you. Thanks for a happy chuckle first thing in the morning.

    18 June 2008 at 5:29 am

  18. @ Linda O – Thanks so very much! HUG
    @ Marg – Sweet!
    @ Rondi – thanks and they are such interesting birds to watch! Glad to have seen these babies!
    @ Lisa – thanks and I bet they are very tiny!
    @ Mike Head – thanks and so glad you guys enjoyed these two post!
    @ KGMom – blush . . . thanks so very much! Guess I had a good camera day!
    @ Ruth – Thanks and glad you enjoyed!
    @ Lynne – Thanks and is how I remember the few minutes that I saw these guys!
    @ Linda – thanks and not sure if I am ready for a childrens book! But thanks
    @ Nita – thanks and they are common around many parkinglots!
    @ Liza – thanks
    @ Adam – thanks and it is wonderful watching the adults !
    @ Robin – thanks and you know I don’t see many babies also!
    @ Mary – This was with the D300 and 400mm . . . I couldn’t get too close without parents going crazy and working from the vehicle is a great blind!
    @ Beth – thanks and wish I could take the camera with me everywhere . . . I was just lucky to have had it with me at the time!

    18 June 2008 at 6:59 am

  19. This has to be the cutest baby bird I have ever seen! WOW! Great shots and love your narrative!

    18 June 2008 at 7:44 am

  20. Bethany


    18 June 2008 at 7:58 am

  21. What lovely birds! But…why are they called killfawns?

    18 June 2008 at 8:11 am

  22. OK, now I am full of the warm and fuzzies for the day!!

    18 June 2008 at 8:22 am

  23. Sherri Friesman

    I think Linda’s on to something Tom! You could easily do a children’s book – you’re a great narrator and what a fun story it would be!!

    18 June 2008 at 8:49 am

  24. Man oh man is that cute! What good camo on those Killfawns too. πŸ™‚

    18 June 2008 at 9:32 am

  25. Wonderful photos and captions. You bring so much more “wild” into my city life.

    18 June 2008 at 9:57 am

  26. Wonderful series of photos. Those killfawns are the cutest little things.

    18 June 2008 at 10:22 am

  27. Maybe you should think about getting the sailboat, if it is reasonable. If I had one I would probably be on it every weekend.

    18 June 2008 at 11:48 am

  28. I laughed out loud at the killfawns thing, then had to explain to everyone why I laughed. Great pictures!!

    18 June 2008 at 1:06 pm

  29. Great shots Tom, I have come across so many of these birds and I always think it is so neat how they try to fool you with the old broken wing trick πŸ˜‰

    18 June 2008 at 2:38 pm

  30. Pam

    O-M-G!!!!! This *is* the cutest blog post I’ve ever seen Tom!!! O-M-G again!! I can’t stop looking at your pics! Look at those long legs on those cute little babies!! I was waiting for the broken wing act!

    18 June 2008 at 5:15 pm

  31. @ Kerri – thanks and those 4 were very adorable!
    @ Bethany – thanks
    @ scienceguy – Kill”deer” baby deer are called fawns so Kill”fawn”!
    @ Jayne – So glad . . . thanks
    @ Sherri – thanks and would be an adventure for sure!
    @ Rurality – Thanks and very cute for sure!
    @ Martha – thanks and glad you enjoy the birds that I see!
    @ Robin – thanks and cutest for sure!
    @ Nita – will think about it!
    @ threecollie – glad you laughed . . . I have a bad habit of making strange things up!
    @ Bernie – thanks and I always let them win with me chasing them away (before they disappear)!
    @ Pam – LOL glad you enjoyed this! I was dieing to post it as soon as I captured the pictures!

    18 June 2008 at 5:45 pm

  32. Sarah Hurst

    They are sooo cute….I want one! I however have never been a big fan of their name, I don’t like Killing Deer.

    18 June 2008 at 6:49 pm

  33. Incredible!!

    18 June 2008 at 10:35 pm

  34. I don’t think I’ve EVER seen anything cuter than that! πŸ™‚
    Run babies, run!

    18 June 2008 at 10:58 pm

  35. You sure captured the Killdeer in all its glory! Do young birds get ANY CUTER than that? I don’t think so! Bravo, Tom!

    18 June 2008 at 11:18 pm

  36. Fantastic series. If you had been in a hide waiting for hours you could not have asked for any better opportunity than this. (Giving that 400mm lens a good workout again, eh? I covet that lens!!)


    19 June 2008 at 1:31 pm

  37. Kaz

    Wicked cool!

    19 June 2008 at 5:47 pm

  38. Awww.
    Such cute killfawns. I miss the ones that used to lay eggs in our rocky pasture. Now that the grass has filled in, it’s a less-desirable spot.
    Your photos here are wonderful–I agree: one of your cutest posts ever!

    19 June 2008 at 11:21 pm

  39. Those are some of the cutest baby birds I’ve ever seen. Great shots of them!!

    19 June 2008 at 11:39 pm

  40. @ Sarah, thanks and glad you don’t like killing deers! LOL
    @ Amy- thanks
    @ letspaintnature – I agree with you 100%!
    @ Bird Girl – I am not sure if they could get any cuter! LOL Thanks
    @The Right Blue – thanks and without a doubt I just stumbled on them! Thanks
    @ Kaz – Thanks
    @ Nina – thanks and they always find the worse place to lay their eggs!
    @ Heather – thanks!

    20 June 2008 at 7:03 am

  41. “Killfawns” – I get it. No doubt what they are, huh? Nice collection of shots and a nice experience.

    20 June 2008 at 9:02 am

  42. Catching up this morning and so happy I am!
    “Killfawn” are so very cute! From now on I also will call the little ones, “Killfawn”.
    Nature just delights me! You tell her stories so well.

    20 June 2008 at 9:56 am

  43. The two chicks running – that’s one excellent photo. I love this post – Killfawns are just too adorable.

    20 June 2008 at 5:40 pm

  44. Cute Overload. Put these pictures there NOW.

    *Susan runs off to dentist, with heavy cavities due to the sweetness of these photos.*

    21 June 2008 at 7:42 pm

  45. Barbara

    Killfawns ! That is great. Thanks for the chuckle. Some where in my archives I have some pics like this. I think I might go searching for them. I love the babies when they first leave the nest. They look like ping pong balls on stilts!

    22 June 2008 at 11:27 pm

  46. ric

    I love the way the fuzz out of focus at the edges.

    24 June 2008 at 2:55 pm

  47. Kaz

    You are my idol.

    27 June 2008 at 8:59 am

  48. Great series of photos. They are TOO CUTE!

    1 July 2008 at 8:45 pm

  49. Cody

    How adorable! I giggled at “killfawns” ^_^

    18 July 2008 at 12:15 pm

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