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Bob Bushell's Wildlife Photography

Bob Bushell's Wildlife Photography
There is a photo of a Black-winged Stilt. And the Lesser Whistling Duck by Callum on our Guest Photos. New! Bobs Wildlife Youtube Channel. Keep your eyes open for "The Springtime Chick Count".

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Friday, 7 March 2014

Black-winged Stilt [Himantopus himantopus ]

Adults are 33–36 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.




45 comments:

  1. I think they have this one in Spain and the U.S.. Great contrast.

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    1. You won't stand in front of it Keith.

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  3. Beautiful photos of the Black-winged Stilt.
    See lots of detail and perfect focus, compliments Bob.
    Greetings Irma

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    1. He is a beautiful little bird Irma.

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  4. Super bird to see...amazing needle like bill!...[;o)

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  5. look at that ultra-straight leg!

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  6. Ha, ha, I guess they have a second leg too!
    Happy weekend Bob! :-)

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    1. You are funny, ha ha. Have a nice weekend.

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  7. Beautiful shots, its a while since I have seen any Bob.
    All the best Gordon.

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  8. Interesting birds. I see you fought shadows and still came up with some fine shots.

    Question Mark and the Mysterians... I don't know this song. I only knew 96 Tears. Nice to hear something different by them after all these years.

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    1. ? and the Mysterians, they are still making music!

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  9. Stunning captures and the shots are not too bad either Bob.

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  10. I really will have to have a day at Slimbridge. This is a beautiful bird.

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    1. Go to Slimbridge then, there are wild along side those captured Adrian.

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  11. Wow, that's wonderful Bob. And the big beak ...

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  12. Beautiful photos of the Black-winged Stilt Bob!!
    Great shots!!
    Dimi...

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    1. Thanks Dimi, and have a nice weekend.

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  13. Hola Bob bonitas fotografias.Un fuerte abrazo y feliz fin de semana

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  14. Fantastic shots of this beautiful bird. Thanks for giving so much background information about the birds.
    Have a wonderful weekend. I hope for you it's going to be great weather for photographing Bob.

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  15. Amazing pictures you got of the Black-winged Stilt, a bird I have not seen here in Norway. Well caught!

    Ottar

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    1. Thanks Ottar, I'm glad you liked it.

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  16. Bob, ds sind wieder herrlichr Fotos von einem sehr
    seltenen Vogel. Ich kannte ihn bislang nicht.
    Einen schönen Abend wünscht dir
    Irmi

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  17. I love these pretty birds, great shots!

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  18. What a beauty! We have the Black-necked Stilts here...similar, but different, but both are very striking in their black and white dress.

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  19. I believe these have made it here, Bob - though your photos are more instructive and inspiring than the actual birds to my eye.


    ALOHA from Honolulu
    Comfort Spiral

    =^..^= <3

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  20. Beautiful captures, Bob! The stilt is gorgeous!

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  21. Just stunning beautiful photo Bob!
    Nice weekend
    Crissi

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  22. Bob,
    Thank you for joining in on my Saturday's Critter party. Have a happy weekend!

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  23. Beautiful picture, Bob. I love the first one...

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  24. Fantastic nature photos ~ thanks, xxx ~ Happy Weekend to you ~

    artmusedog and carol
    www.acreativeharbor.com

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  25. Stunning shots of the Stilts.

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  26. Nicely done. Really enjoyed viewing this.

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  27. I've never seen a stilt in person myself, so I enjoy it when I do see them in other :-)

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