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Black-necked Stilt

Black-necked Stilt
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Copyright: Petr Bambousek (Orchidej) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 44] (862)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Nikkor AF300mm f4
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-05 5:37
Viewed: 3201
Points: 11
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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. 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.

Source : Wikipedia, Photo comes from Neusiedler See

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Hi Petr
compo is just perfect with one leg out of the water, colours and sharpness brilliant

Hi Petr,
Well composed image.
Good reflection.

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2007-05-05 9:32]

Hi Petr
very good use of the reflexes in this photo and composition then...
good colours, DOF, POV and sharpness.
well done.

That is a perfect pose you captured here. The simple subject with its reflection is very nice. I do think the broad, bright white frame is a bit distracting.

Evelynn : )

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3115 W: 232 N: 6775] (23770)
  • [2007-05-06 2:11]

A fantastic shot, Petr. : )
The reflection is just marvelous, especially that of the long red legs.
Excellent details and light.
The composition is really exceptional.
TFS. : )

Beautiful picture, like the mirror effect of the reflection.

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