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*Black-winged Stilt*

*Black-winged Stilt*
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Copyright: Txxx Bxxx (thor68) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Tamron 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DiII, SanDisk Ultra II 2GB, Hoya 62 mm UV
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-05-10 2:08
Viewed: 3419
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I guess this is the closest i will ever get to a
Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) -
unfortunately just in the Aachen Zoo where they
have a couple of them together with other waders.

Shot through the fence with manual focusing.


The Black-winged Stilt, Himantopus himantopus, is a
large wader in the avocet and stilt family,

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 avocets.
Some populations are migratory and move to the ocean
coasts in winter.
These birds pick up their food from sand or water. They
mainly eat insects and crustaceans.

[from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black-winged_Stilt]


Kameramodell Canon EOS 40D
Aufnahmedatum/-zeit 04.05.2008 14:00:44
Aufnahmemodus P (Programmautomatik)
Tv (Verschlusszeit) 1/800
Av (Blendenzahl) 10.0
Messmodus Mehrfeldmessung
Belichtungskorrektur 0
Filmempfindlichkeit (ISO) 320
Objektiv 18-250mm
Brennweite 250.0 mm
Bildgröße 3888x2592
Bildqualität Fein
Blitz Aus
Weißabgleich Automatisch
AF-Betriebsart Manuelle Fokussierung
Bildstil Landschaft
Schärfe 4
Kontrast 0
Farbsättigung 0
Farbton 0
Farbraum sRGB
Rauschreduzierung bei Langzeitbelichtung 1:Automatisch
High ISO Rauschreduzierung 1:Eingeschaltet
Tonwert Priorität 1:Eingeschaltet
Dateigröße 3122 KB
Transportart Reihenaufnahme mit geringer Geschwindigkeit

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Hello Thor,

good composition from this beautiful bird.


  • Great 
  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-05-10 4:15]

Hi Thorsten,
Beautiful capture.Red eyes seems very nice.POV,framing and details are also wonderful.
Thanks for posting.

Hello Thorsten,

I like very much the composition. Excellent POV, DOF and sharpness. Superb light and colours.

Hi Thorsten,

Just marking today, will be back...


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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2008-05-11 10:56]

Hello Thorsten , Fantastic shot from this bird ,great sharpnes details colours pov bg and beauty eye ,the frame and compositie ,good job ,Greetings Teunie .

Hi Thorsten,
great sharpness on the bird! Nice details...

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