Friday, September 21, 2012

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.

There are some black-winged stilts reside near a pond at my hometown. Some of them are adult males and females with some immature ones. When I reached at that pond they were feeding and enjoying their company. I captured so many frames with different compositions.

Here are some images.

Black-winged stilt portrait

Black-winged stilt in habitat

Black-winged stilt male and juvenile

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