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Desert Birds
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Copyright: Varahram Hemmati (vhemmati) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 66 W: 0 N: 63] (407)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D / Digital Rebel XT, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-25 9:25
Viewed: 3678
Points: 2
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I took this shot by a small lake called "Torsh-Aab" about one hour drive north west of Kerman, Iran. There is no water stream leading to this lake, and all the water comes from its underneath.

I'm not sure about the name of these birds. There were about 20 of them by the lake. If anyone can help me with the name it would be appreciated.


More at: www.varahram.ca

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2008-02-25 11:04]

Himantopus 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 (see Gallery). It is recorded as Himantopus mexicanus in the Sibley-Monroe checklist.

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