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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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- [2007-05-05 7:17]
compo is just perfect with one leg out of the water, colours and sharpness brilliant
Well composed image.
- [2007-05-05 9:32]
very good use of the reflexes in this photo and composition then...
good colours, DOF, POV and sharpness.
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 : )
- [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.