Black-necked Stilts at Frank Lake

Marsh glider - 2013 © Christopher Martin
When I first went down to Frank Lake a couple of weekends ago, the American Avocets were the only shorebirds in the small marsh next to the large blind along the water.  When I returned at the end of that weekend, there were a couple of Black-necked Stilts (Himantopus mexicanus) that had joined the good times fishing in the shallows.
An evening stroll through the marsh - 2013 © Christopher Martin
The two seemed like a couple as they never strayed to far from one another.  The females can be distinguished by brown-tinged upper parts, whereas the males are a solid black.  The difference was not easily seen but I think I could identify one male and one female.
Spring pairing - 2013 © Christopher Martin
These are cool little birds.  Striking in appearance and very interesting to watch as they stalk around a marsh.  I’m excited to find out whether chicks will be following these two around soon.
Abbey Road - 2013 © Christopher Martin
Stilt landing - 2013 © Christopher Martin

9 responses

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  3. thanks, good image.

    May 5, 2013 at 12:12 am

  4. one of my favourite shorebirds

    May 4, 2013 at 10:49 am

  5. Reblogged this on 4 lastday, & the day of judgment and commented:

    May 3, 2013 at 10:01 am

  6. +1 to that.. there are some very good shots in here… 🙂

    May 2, 2013 at 4:40 pm

  7. i’m green with envy 🙂

    May 1, 2013 at 12:46 pm

  8. Some serious beauties here, Chris. Well done. 🙂

    May 1, 2013 at 5:42 am

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