Don’t mess with mama

Killdeers are common on campus at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock and by nature are ground nesters. The local populations seem to be partial to nesting in what seem to be the most vulnerable places. This one chose to nest in mulch next to a parking lot curb.

However, don’t under estimate the fierceness of mama birds. They can quickly become mama grizzlies if you get too close. ┬áThis killdeer mother was not afraid to protect her brood of three from the Friday Ride Day group that met just feet away.

CHARGE! -- Killdeer lurches toward the photographer who ventured too close to her fuzzy little chicks.
THREE IN THE HOLE -- The heads of mama's three chicks are barely visible in her shadow.
BRAVE ONES -- Two of the chicks explore their world.

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Through

A bicycle rider is a blur as she moves through time and space relative to the camera’s eye.

FRIDAY RIDE DAY -- A rider sets out on a sunny Friday as part of a workplace effort to get people exercising at the University of Arkansas's Cooperative Extension Service state headquarters in Little Rock. The rides are held at lunchtime and will run eight weeks, culminating with the city's Ride to Work Day. 

Some favorite renderings of the theme (so far!) can be found at:

http://windagainstcurrent.com/2012/03/23/weekly-photo-challenge-through/
http://cardinalguzman.wordpress.com/2012/03/23/scenic-through-a-mirror-weekly-photo-challenge/
http://brokenlightcollective.wordpress.com/2012/03/23/close-but-far-away-photo-challenge-through/
http://northernnarratives.wordpress.com/2012/03/23/weekly-photo-challenge-through/
http://fourdeeroak.wordpress.com/2012/03/23/weekly-photo-challenge-through/
http://felixrsv.wordpress.com/2012/03/23/wpct/
http://fluffyflurries.wordpress.com/2012/03/23/weekly-photo-challenge-through-2/