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Black-necked Stilt

Black-necked Stilt
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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: 2004-10-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S1-IS
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-03-24 13:06
Viewed: 4101
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Black-necked Stilt
Himantopus mexicanus

The most extreme of extremities, the longest legs relative to size of any shorebird. The stilt wades into the deepest waters of all waders, six inches or more, using its long thin bill to pick up aquatic invertebrates from the surface of the water.

These legs, when on land, blend well with the salt-loving plants, the halophytes, that store excess salt in their cells until the first rain. The stored salt turns these cells at the ends of the branches, the extremities, if you will, bright pinkish red. Common halophytes in our salt marshes include the invasive non-native ice plant and the many forms of pickleweed, Salicornia sp

Black head, neck, back and wings...
The better to blend with the salt-bleached, moisture-impregnated, wind-sheared vegetation of the salt marsh
The better to be one with the dark still water the tide-lapped rocks
The better to hide from the night hunting owl, the feral red foxes and the free-roaming cats, and the Common Raven, the Peregrine Falcon and the Red-tailed Hawk that utilize the power line towers and other man-made structures.


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Looks like this guy saw you coming and is going.Still,it always makes for a good action shot.
A shame you didn't quite get the focus right.Did you use a zoom with this one,perhaps hand held?
Your notes are very good though.
Thanks for posting.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2005-03-24 17:48]

Nice bird, I've never seen a Black-necked Stilt before. Nice job thanks. Good note too.


Un oiseau inconnu pour moi, ce Black-necked Stilt.
Jolie composition. Excellent point de vue.
Merci Manyee.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-03-25 4:24]

This looks like it is an attractive bird Manyee. Lovely contrasts of the black and white, but a little soft. Good interesting notes. Well done.

Nice shot unfortunately soft focused. Great pose and POV.

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