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Black-winged Stilt

Black-winged Stilt
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Copyright: Tom Conzemius (pirate) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, 300 mm 1:2.8 with 1.4 CANON extender
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/2000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-02 2:25
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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 (see Gallery). 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.

This picture has been taken in the very early morning at first sunlight at ISO 200 giving just a bit of noise, which I reduced with PaintShopPro. Cropped, histogram adapted and USM

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Merhaba Prite
balıkçıl çok güzel ihtişamlı duruşu suya yansıması netliği renkleri detayları ile muhteşem olmuş tebrikler.

Hello Tom,
this is a very good bird shot. Very good framing, POV and sharpness. Very nice colours and a very good composition. Thank you.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-08-02 2:45]

Hi Tom,
great shot, nice use of the reflection and sharp focus.

bonjour tom
un parfaite réussite de cet oiseau qui possède son double, effet miroir, bien vu, merci du partage, amitiès

Hi Tom,
Wonderful reflection of the Stilt.
Love the stilness in the water with just the circles due to the movement of the legs of the bird and the color contrast bewtween the legs and the soft blue at the water surface.
Excellent composition and the bird does stand out very well against the soft color tones of the water.
The white part of the feathers do seem a little hot, but that's very hard to get that lighted well.
Nevertheless a very nice one.
Thanks for sharing.
Best regards,

Bonjour Tom,
Bravo pour ce cliché, bien net, bien cadré et bien exposé. L'image est très douce, un peu mystèrieuse, avec un agréable décentrage qui valorise le mouvement tranquille de l'oiseau.

Bonjour Tom, très belle photo de cet échassier, le reflet dans l'eau est du plus bel effet,
merci de partager,

Hi Tom.
Stunning light and detail. Great composition for the reflection and the water ripple surrounding him. Perfect sharpness and exposure.

New Zealand

Good one - these birds are really something else. Well captured with the bonus of a nice reflection! Kudos, Tom!
Cheers, Klaus

Hello Tom,
Wonderful portrait, lovely stilt, I love the water reflection
He got his mind on something. Very beautiful colors and details
Great POV and composition.. superb sharpness.. Well Done


A superb shot of this Stilt, Tom! Excellent composition and focus.

Hello Tom , very good comp. good capture of reflections ,TFS .

Very beautiful shot indeed! Beautiful light, colors, reflection, background and environment.... a good photo.

hi tom,
like the framing and the slight mouvements of the water and the reflexion and the bright colours, pointing out perfectly from the clear blue BG.and like the pose of the silt.
like the empty space within this shot !
perfeclyt sharp, of course.
a very beautiful and shiny picture !
merci - carole

Hi Tom
Thaks for posting this nice picture. It is so calm. The bird is very sharp, and its reflection in the water is very clear. Maybe the white breast of the bird is a little bit overexposed, but that's just minor thing. I like also the composition of the photograph.
Thanks for sharing.

bonjours Tom,
Magnifique photo tres simple mais tres reussie belles couleurs et bel effet miroir,\

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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2007-08-03 10:38]

Yes, this is a great shot of the stilt! I found them very hard to get a decent photo of so you have truly succeeded. It must be the heavy contrast in the plumage that makes it so hard....

It´s just beautiful with the calm water all around it and that enhances those incredible legs!
Best regards/Bengt

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-08-03 19:16]

Hello Tom

A beautiful sharp image with excellent lighting and colours.The wavy reflection is fantastic.A lovely composition.TFS


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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-08-03 21:58]

Tom, this is simple and very nice indeed.

Excellent composition and pov. The reflection does add a lot to the image.

Hi Tom,
very nice capture with great reflection, nice details, sharpness, POV. good notes. TFS
have a nice weekend

Hi Tom,

Wonderful capture of this black winged stilt, I haven't seen one before, maybe a little over-exposed on the white feathers of the bird, I would have tended to have my F- stop around 7.1- 8.0, but easier said in hindsight



this one comes in the booklet of my favorites!!!!i like it very much!!!!!!SUPERBE!!!!!!!!!

thanks :-)

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-08-19 1:42]

Hi Tom, what beauty. So exquisite and dainty, and good reflections too,

Hello Tom!

Very good shot, well done! TFS.

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  • tiklod Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 290 W: 74 N: 875] (3397)
  • [2007-09-20 18:20]

Hi Tom, thanks for your support.
This is a very nice pcture. The colors and details are excellent. I like the mirror effect on water. Bravo!


Très bel effet mirroir. j'aime beaucoup. La netteté est excellente. Félicitation

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-04-13 2:57]

Hi Tom,
an excellent composition of the bird. The red legs are really captivating with the reflection working very effectively.
What a clean and neat shot with soft blue water as the bsckground. Well composed shot.


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