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News from Egypt: Delightful newcomer, a baby killdeer
In nature, miracles happen in minutes. A handsome baby killdeer goes from egg to lively entertainer in less than and hour, George Rice documents in this latest dispatch from Egypt, Magisterial District 6, Adair County, KY
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By George Rice
After stalking a kildeer nest of four eggs for three weeks and thinking that they weren't going to hatch, I found one baby bird dead near the nest with three remaining eggs.
I returned in about two hours to find another egg hatched and two eggs remaining.
This little fellow moved over while the mother bird returned to her nest and waits for the other eggs to hatch.
It is obvious that these little killdeers are hatched fully clothes and running. When I returned the next time there were three little birds running and mother and father birds were doing their rituals of showing me how crippled they were to lure me away from their chicks.
While stalking the nest for weeks I noticed that both mates took turns setting on the eggs. Great parenting, for any species, isn't it? - George Rice
This story was posted on 2013-06-18 03:38:19
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