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Killdeer actors

Marty’s photo of the day #3289: This is a killdeer that I photographed this past weekend near the Hogan Forest Service Cabin Deb and I rented in western Montana. A pair of the birds had a nest right next to the gravel road leading to the cabin. The birds would put on their “broken wing” act to steer us away from the nest. And if we didn’t follow fast enough, they’d come in closer and try it again. As Deb said when one circled back and did the display eight feet away from her, “He’s a ballsy little guy.”

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