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Black-necked Stilts

Black-necked Stilts
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-03-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot SX110IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-03-27 13:26
Viewed: 3621
Points: 18
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Black-necked Stilt
Himantopus mexicanus

Échasse d'Amérique (French)
Candelero Americano, Cachiporra,Cigüeñuela, Cuellinegra,Monjita (Spanish)

A striking black-and-white bird with very long, thin red legs, the Black-necked Stilt is found along the edges of shallow water in open country.

Large shorebird.
Black face, hind neck, and back.
White throat and underparts.
Very long, thin red legs.
Long, thin, straight black bill.
Size: 35-39 cm (14-15 in)
Wingspan: 71 cm (28 in)
Weight: 136-220 g (4.8-7.77 ounces)
Sexes similar, but female with brown tinge to back and slightly shorter legs.

A sharp yipping. Given continuously when disturbed.

Conservation Status:
Populations increasing in United States. Vulnerable to habitat alteration. Hawaiian subspecies was reduced to about 200 birds in 1940s, but now up to about 1,500, but still listed as federal Endangered Species.

Cool Facts:
Five species of rather similar-looking stilts are recognized in the genus Himantopus. They have the second-longest legs in proportion to their bodies of any bird, exceeded only by flamingos.
The Hawaiian subspecies of Black-necked Stilt has the black of its neck reaching much farther forward than the mainland forms. Habitat loss and hunting led to the decline in its numbers. It uses primarily the few freshwater wetlands found on the Hawaiian Islands.


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Hello Manyee
Congratulations, excellent details, wonderful sharpness, color and contrast. Great composition.
Congratulations and thanks
Good Sunday
Hello Vanni

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-03-27 13:54]

Hello Manyee,
Beautiful photo in very nice contrasting colours. Good sharpness and composition.

Hello Manyee,
Excellent capture. Superb contrast and very sharp details.
Nice colours and lovely composition.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-03-27 15:23]

Hola Manyee.
Lovely photo, nice colors in all the image.
This two "candeleros" fishing are just beautiful.
TFS and have a nice weekend Manyee

Interesting and informative note, Manyee. I like the composition within the frame in this image. You've isolated a good moment and positioned it well. The reflections in the water add interest, and those long, stitled legs are presented clearly in the second bird.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-03-27 17:56]

Hello Manyee,
A beautiful pair of Black-necked Stilt. Nicely composed with gorgeous colors and just the right exposure. Their tuxedo like plumage and redish legs are a real eye catcher. Great shot!!

Interesting form and colors of those birds.
Nice image.
Best regards.Alin.

Hello Manyee.
Great capture of these small fisher!
The reflex in the water caused a well interesting effect.
Composition clear and pleasant.
Very well done!
José Roberto

Hallo Manyee
Such a lovely view of this twosome, each one doing their own business but each one just as beautiful as the other. I really like the individual poses and characteristics of each one of the Black-necked Stilts. They have beautiful and prominent features that are well seen and displayed, especially the beautiful, long beaks. It is a great scene, an impressive image filled with great details. I especially like the movement and colour of the water. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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