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Himantopus himantopus

Himantopus himantopus
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Copyright: Christodoulos Makris (chrimakris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1744 W: 79 N: 5425] (26007)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-04-22
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/8, 1/2000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-05-07 6:25
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Himantopus himantopus (Linnaeus 1758).
Black-winged Stilt.

Himantopus himantopus is a wader in the family Recurvirostridae with characteristic long pink legs. Adults are blackish above and white below. The head and neck are white with a varying amount of black.
It is a widely distributed species but its taxonomy is still contentious. Some believe that there are as many as five distinct species; others consider some or all of these to be subspecies.
The subspecies Himantopus himantopus himantopus distributed in Europe and Mediterranean region to Central Asia, sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar, South and Southeast Asia.

In Cyprus Himantopus himantopus is a common passage migrant mainly in spring. Some stay and breed depending on water levels.

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Ciao Christodoulos, lovely bird in a beautiful natural ambientation, fine details, excellent sharpness, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Christodoulos
a mervelous picture of Black-winged Stilt. taken from a nice angle. tonal range and colour is excellent, looks like a 3D picture.
best wishes.

Bonjour Christodoulos,
Très belle publication finement détaillée et délicatement colorée.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2012-05-07 8:31]

Great picture! with great sharpness and detail. Controling the light perfectly and the balance of the color white. It has a plus with the little line of the very little drops in the air. Excellent! Congratulation. Un saludo.

Hello Christodoulos,

Sharpness, colours and light balance are very nice ..Bets wishes..

Regards, Hasan

Hi Christodoulos,
another beautiful photo of bird. Perfect point of view. Amazing colours. Many details.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Christodoulos ,
Amazing photo of this very interesting Bird, fantastic sharpness, natural colors, TFS!

Ciao Christodoulos. Impressive colours and light so like details and sharp. Magnifcient environment.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-05-07 11:52]

Hello Christodoulos,
fine capture of the Black-winged Stilt, the bird looks interesting, the composition is lovely, nice management of exposure.Best regards Siggi

Hello Christodoulos,
fine capture of this bird with great sharpness and a well chosen POV. I especially like the beautiful natural colours and the good management of light.
Best wishes,

Hello Christodoulos,

An excellent capture with beautiful natural coloration, fine details & composition. Very nicely done & TFS.

Regards & best wishes!


elegante cavaliere d'Italia ottimamente ripreso
altra eccelelnte cattura Chris!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-05-07 23:46]

Very beautiful stilt image, lovely colors and the ripples add beauty to the image. tfs.

Hello Christodoulos,
very nice bird, the light is as well wonderful, natural colours!
best wishes!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-05-08 2:25]

Hello Christodoulos,
This water-bird has something so fragile and touching. I discover on your shot that it has a marvellous red eye too. Beautifully presented in its natural habitat, the whole picture is shown with natural colors and fine light.
Thanks a lot!
Kind regards

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2012-05-08 8:37]

Truly outstanding capture of this elegant bird. Great color and fine details as usual. The string of small drops adds another dimension to this lovely scene.

All the best,


Hello Christodoulos,
A very nice species of water bird. It is a lovely composition with exceptional contrast against the water and wonderful sharp details. Spring is here and I hope to catch some wonderful photos with this gorgeous water birds.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-05-08 20:33]

Hello Christodoulos,
excellent sharpness in excellent use of lighting.
The red bird is so pleasant in well shown features.
The ripples is so special in giving effect to the overall presentation.


Giasou christodoule.
Beautiful stance of the bird in a nice background.
Excellent light and detail, lovely colours.
regards yiannis

Hello Christodoulos
I miss this one.Lovely capture of the Himantopus.Sharp and clear capture,fine composition,wonderful colours and great sharpness.
Thank You
Best regards

Ciao Christodoulos,
bellissima, perfetta e ottimo POV.
NON SBAGLI MAI UNA FOTO, complimenti per i tuoi capolavori
Ciao Vanni

Hello Christodoulos

Excellent close-up shot of this wader bird,
fine POV & DOF, beautiful light, great focus,
sharpness and details, TFS


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-05-20 12:41]

Hello Christodoulos,
Fascinating close photo of this Black-winged Stilt. Amazing sharpness, details and DOF. Taken from a perfect POV. Splendid colours.

Hello Chris,

Hope summer in your part of the world is mild, for here it is terribly hot. This is a fantastic shot of this red legged stilt, incredible indeed! We call this bird with the name I mentioned here. I am sorry I missed it earlier but am glad that I am back to it, it is quite rewarding to even watch this classic shot, superb! Thanks a lot for sharing it with all of us here. Take care...warmest regards/Abid.

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