Third in a series of a female Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) guarding her nest in the middle of a city park. She continued to flap around while running away from the nest, performing the characteristic broken wing display. In this shot, she had turned around to make sure she had lured me away. This went on for about a minute until I moved out of range of the nest. It is remarkable that the nest has remained untouched in the middle of this field, 30 feet from a disc golf target basket, about 60 feet from a children's playground, and with hundreds of grackles and other aggressive birds nearby. The grass had also been mowed since I first located the nest a few days earlier. ____________________________________Gary Holmes, photographer: I am an opportunist photographer of nature, landscapes, abstract, and other found objects of interest. I prefer to capture the spontaneity of things and events as they are occurring, and rarely photograph staged subjects other than portraits. Although I have been a photographer for decades, I have only started posting them for others to see since about September 2012. Please see my largest collection of photographs posted at http://500px.com/holmesidepi. I had sufficient encouragement from posts on other sites to try putting some up for sale on Fine Art America (FAA), which offers a wide range of printing and mounting options not currently available on 500px. As a result, I have successfully sold some of my works. Unfortunately, photography is not my primary field, and I have limited time to expand my online presence, but I will continue to steadily post more of my best works on 500px and/or FAA every week. Please revisit my sites periodically. If you love, like, respect, admire, or even feel somewhat favorably inclined toward any of my works, please vote, vote+fave, and/or offer gently constructive criticism or suggestions. Votes and faves are important to me and help me understand what other people like or don't like.

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