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H. himantopus

H. himantopus
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Copyright: jitti coowanitwong (jcoowanitwong) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1679 W: 0 N: 3120] (13754)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: canon s3 is
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-24 6:24
Viewed: 3688
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I found this Black-winged Stilt in a paddy field. The time of this shot is around 11.15 AM.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Recurvirostridae (วงศ์นกตีนเทียน)
Genus: Himantopus
Species: H. himantopus
Common Name: Black-winged Stilt (นกตีนเทียน)

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.

From Wikipedia

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Hello Jitti,

Awesome bird that you catch here. Skinny and yet very elegant under the bright light. Excellent sharpness exposing the graceful shape and nicely cropped giving it the space to move forward.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-24 7:45]

Hello Jitti,
I like the pose, lighting, POV, action and composition in this capture of a Black-winged Stilt. Perhaps the image suffers a little from over-sharpening but it's a good one and thanks for sharing it,
Best wishes, Ivan

hello Jitti

excellent shot of this Black-winged Stilt in his lovely pose,
he has an insect in his mouth, excellent timing too shoot
the image at that moment, excellent POV and framing, TFS


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-24 8:40]

Hi Jitti,

A wonderful Black-winged stilt with a snack in his mouth. The water is wonderful with the nice ripples. The black and white is excellent and the details are excellent. I love his bent leg - they do look like stilts. A very lovely composition.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-24 10:25]

Hi Jitti.
I like impressive picture of the nice scene, excellent reproduction of the cute bird image and nice colours of the shot. You have frozen a scene and composed the image perfectly. Kind regards and TFS.

Hi Jitti,
A lovely capture of this beautiful stilt. Excellent sharp details and a fine composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-02-24 21:33]

Hi Jitti,
Wonderful shot of this long-legged bird in the water and nice action captured. Lovely colours and details on the plumage and water. The mid-morning light illuminates the image perfectly here. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-02-25 0:20]

Jitti, You have put the bird in a lovely frame. Excellent Ganesh

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-02-25 11:08]

Hi Jitti
Very nice presentation.Good POV and sharp image with great details in the plumage.I like that catch light in the eye.I also like that nice natural BG.
TFS Michel

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-26 9:45]

Hello Jitti

A lovely composition.The focus is sharp with excellent details.
The plumage shows well.
Excellent POV and DOF.


Hello Jitti
nice capture of Himantopus in its feeding time. Lighting, focus, composition nice. It is common here, especiall in summer. Good to learn that it occurs also in Thailand. TFS, well done

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