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Male Black-winged Stilt

Male Black-winged Stilt
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-04-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/8, 1/3000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-11-14 7:19
Viewed: 3800
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Though I have posted several images of this popular species on TN, I can't resist another!

Black-winged Stilt male, Himantopus himantopus

Swedish name: Stiltlöpare, meaning large 'stilt-runner'.

The female has much less, if any, black on the head and neck. The black on the back of the male is more intense and shiny than that of the female.

Black-winged Stilts are fairly common in S. Europe where there are stretches of shallow water and safe areas for them to breed. A few are resident around the Mediterranean but most spend the winter in tropical Africa.

They are also distributed across Asia and into Oceania.

This was taken at a distance of about 8 meters (26ft) from a hide.
After moderate cropping and size reduction the image was slightly sharpened, adjusted for shading and converted from RAW to JPEG.

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Ciao Ivan, great capture of lovely bird in nice walking pose, fascinating reflscions, excellent sharpness, splenddi light and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-11-14 7:27]

Hello Ivan,
What a great photo. Very difficult to find the right white balance, but you managed it very well. Excellent sharpness, details and splendid colours. Pleasing composition and eye contact.

Beautiful photo Ivan! The composition is excellent. The lighting and the colours are fantastic.

Hi Ivan,
Great capture with clear detail and sharpness. Superb eye sparkle and beautiful colours. Good low POV. Great work.

merhaba Ivan dostum
a very nice capture of this beautiful long-legs under nice sun light. great details, exposure and coloration. çok teşekkürler dostum. iyi akşamlar.

hello Ivna
super good composition with great details and great sharpness
i like the fresh colours in this picture
thanks greeting lou

  • buscape Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 355 W: 20 N: 1518] (7615)
  • [2011-11-14 8:35]

Hello Ivan,
fine capture of this bird with good sharpness and nice reflections. I also like the walking pose with lovelky eye contact and the beautiful colours.
Best wishes,

Hi Ivan,
Wonderful shot of this Black-winged Stilt,
Perfect,details,soft lighting and composition.Superb shot my friend.

Very nice water surface, lovely velvety colour.
Excellent detail and light. Nice pose and good eye contact. regards yiannis

Hi Ivan,
very nice photo of this bird. Great point of view. Amazing colours. Interesting reflections in water.
Have a nice week,

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-11-14 10:14]

Hello Ivan,
splendid image of this Himantopus in a beautiful position!
great sharpness and detail, very nice background and light. Very well done!
Thanks for sharing

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-11-14 10:16]

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

Ciao Ivan. Fine details and excellent sharp with brilliant colours against a fantastioc BG.


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-11-14 12:56]

hello Ivan
Superb capture!

Hello Ivan,
Hey friend!... You've increased very you "artistic level" whit this shot!... Really a visual poem!... I like a lot how you've used the reflection and the bird's location!... Well Done!

Hi Ivan,
Excellent photo presentation of this Black-winged Stilt male,very good sharp and colorful details in the black and also in the white colors, very nice reflections too, TFS!
Regards, Joska

Hi Ivan, amazing picture, nice clarity on the shot!


Olá Ivan,
Grandiosa imagem muito bem trabalhada, qualidade ótima, meus parabéns por esta imagem, gosto muito da composição aplicado nesta foto.

I like the action of this Black-winged Stilt. You did capture with great sharpness and perfect contrast. Very well done.

wonderful bird wonderful your photo performance!
regards Nasos

Bonjour Ivan,
Très belle lumière et excellente profondeur de champ permettant d'apprécier la délicatesse des couleurs et la finesse des détails.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-11-16 9:24]

Hi Ivan,
A very nice shot of this bird. Excellent detail and focus.
Regards Jiri.

Esta pequeña maravilla también la tenemos en mi zona. Yo tb la he publicado en alguna ocasión.
Buen enfoque con el ojo bien plasmado. Ligeramente saturada de color a mi entender.
Bonito trabajo Ivan.

Hello Ivan,
Great capture of this bird taken with great colours and sharp details. I also like the POV and BG. Well done!

Hello Ivan,
A very good captured of this Black-winged Stilt male, excellent exposure, great details sharpness and lovely highlighted eye,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice evening,
Best Regards,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-11-17 17:32]

Hello Ivan,
A real beauty, I can see why you love this bird so much. The contrasting black and white coloration is so pretty and the detail you captured is superb. Love the composition and fine lighting.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-11-19 5:04]

Bonjour Ivan,
Une image si claire et fine de l'élégant Himantopus himantopus (quel nom!), une image qui transmet aussi une atmosphère de grand calme. Belle composition décentrée et couleurs naturelles.
Un grand merci et une bone fin de semaine

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2011-11-19 13:47]

Bonjour Ivan, cette photographie de grande échasse blanche est magnifique. Belle lumière et bon cadrage. Perfect timing too. Well done , best regards, Didier.

Hi Ivan .. how are you? nice bird and i saw this today morning near bangalore, south India and did get some shots :-). Lovely bird with good details and colors , the reflection on the water adds to the picture.

Very beautiful picture...
Would love to see a rectangular crop of the same... :-)


outstanding capture Ivan, excellent light and details, this bird is one from my favorites birds,

have a good time,

ciao, tino

Hello Ivan

Excellent photo of the Male Black-winged Stilt
with fine POV and framing, beautiful light
coming to the bird, excellent focus sharpness details,



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