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Black-winged Stilt

Black-winged Stilt
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Copyright: suleyman kankul (bugalter) Silver Note Writer [C: 4 W: 0 N: 20] (266)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 30 D, Canon 100 - 400 L USM IS
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-23 5:06
Viewed: 5657
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 20
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The Black-winged Stilt, Himantopus himantopus, is a large wader in the avocet and stilt family, Recurvirostridae.

Adults are 33-36 cm long. They have long pink legs, a long thin black bill and are mainly white with a dark cap and a dark back.

The taxonomy of this bird is still somewhat contentious: some sources believe that there are as many as five distinct species; others consider some or all of these to be subspecies. The five forms are:

nominate Himantopus himantopus himantopus, which occurs in most of the warmer parts of southern and southeastern Europe, southern Asia and north Africa.
the Black-necked Stilt, which breeds from the US to northern South American has a dark head with a white spot over the eye. It is recorded as Himantopus mexicanus in the Sibley-Monroe checklist.
the southern South America melanurus is larger than mexicanus and often has a white crown.
the rare and endangered Hawaiian knudseni has more extensive black on its neck than the American forms.
leucocephalus of southeastern Indonesia and Australia has a white head.
The breeding habitat of all forms is marshes, shallow lakes and ponds. The nest site is a bare spot on the ground near water. These birds often nest in small groups, sometimes with

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Hello Suleyman,
perfect composition with super sharpness with awesome colour and details
the reflection add a big bonus to the photo
thanks for sharing
greeting from NZ

Hi Suleyman
Black-winged Stilt is a much photgraphed bird, same is true for mirror images.
But this one is really amazing, great posture, perfect sharpness, great compo, in my opinion perfect exposure (the lost details in the white plumage can be found on the mirror image!!!!!!) but above all perfect mirror image.
A really outstanding picture

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-06-23 5:43]

Hi Suleyman,
this is an excellant photo.
Very sharp with a perfect reflection.
Well done,

Hi Suleyman
Wonderful bird image with great reflection.
Sharpness and exposure are spot on and the color contrast between the red legs and the blue tones on the water surface is very beautiful.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a nice day, Harry

Hi Suleyman.
Awesome image. Pin sharp and great detail and colour. The ripple of water around the legs is a nice touch and the reflection is perfect.
Awesome image

New Zealand

beautiful reflection,nice capture,perfect composition.

nice shot...Great color and fine detail...Good exposure.

just perfect. Brilliant colors. Crisp clear. Extremly detailed. Beautiful reflexion in the water.
Not even a small nit.

Outstanding photo...Clarity is amazing...Detail and color are fantastic...An exceptional photo...Reflection is mirror-like...Very well done...TFS

HI Suleuman,

Wonderfull pic, spot on focus, exposure composition and timing. Had the pic taken a few micro secs later teh ripples would have spoiled the reflection. Great shot, tfs
Regards, Anil

What an adorably delightful image of this stilt.

very crisp, superb light and great colors


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