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Himantopus himantopus


Himantopus himantopus
Photo Information
Copyright: marios philippou (marios) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 20] (186)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-09-28
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/4, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-11-07 2:40
Viewed: 1186
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The black-winged stilt, common stilt, or pied stilt (Himantopus himantopus) is a widely distributed very long-legged wader in the avocet and stilt family (Recurvirostridae). The scientific name Himantopus comes from the Greek meaning "strap foot" or "thong foot".

Description

Adults are 3336 cm long. They have long pink legs, a long thin black bill and are blackish above and white below, with a white head and neck with a varying amount of black. Males have a black back, often with greenish gloss. Females' backs have a brown hue, contrasting with the black remiges. In the populations that have the top of the head normally white at least in winter, females tend to have less black on head and neck all year round, while males often have much black, particularly in summer. This difference is not clear-cut, however, and males usually get all-white heads in winter.

Immature birds are grey instead of black and have a markedly sandy hue on the wings, with light feather fringes appearing as a whitish line in flight. Wikipedia
http://cyprusdiscovery.blogspot.com/2014/07/bird-black-winged-stilt-himantopus.html


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To PeterZ: thanks Peter.marios 1 11-07 23:05
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Hello Marios,
Very nice photo of this Black-winged Stilt. Taken from a perfect low POV in good sharpness and natural colours. Good depth of field too. Maybe a bit more space in front of the bird is better to get the bird more out of the center for a better composition.
Regards,
Peter

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