I heard a Killdeer in the distance so had that species on my mind, but the behavior of this particular bird didn’t match my previous experience with them.
I’ve seen them run, starting and stopping with almost frantic jerks or take short flights while working an area. This fellow was more casual, just poking along. Camouflage was working for him; if I hadn’t seen him move I wouldn’t have known he was there.
Despite the behavior the neck and eye bands point to Killdeer according to Peterson’s Eastern Birds and Cornell’s All About Birds.
Magnolia Plantation, edge of rice field marsh 11/06/2016.
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