Nature creates a way
Look closely at the picture—there’s more than just some pretty river bottom stones to see. Barely visible to any passerby, the Killdeer nest in the center of the photo contains four precious eggs.
Killdeer chicks are one of the few fowl that literally leave the egg within minutes and are off and running. Looking like little cotton balls on tiny sticks, hey scurry after their ever-vigilant parents, following them to safety. Should a predator, including some curious human, get too close to the nest or the chicks, at least one of the adult birds will call loudly and pretend to have an injured wing. Staying just ahead of whatever is attempting to catch it, the adult craftily lures the predator away from the nest until it senses that the danger has passed.