Juvenile Black-necked Stilts

Foraging juvenile Black-necked StiltForaging juvenile Black-necked Stilt – Nikon D200, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 320, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

Black-necked Stilts seem to have had great success this nesting season because there are so many juvenile stilts at Farmington Bay Bird Refuge right now.

Juvenile Black-necked Stilt with preyJuvenile Black-necked Stilt with prey – Nikon D200, f7.1, 1/800, ISO 320, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

The shallow water of Glover Pond makes it easy for them to forage even well away from the shoreline. These graceful looking black and white shorebirds are a favorite of mine and are easily identifiable even by novice birders.

Mia

7 Comments

  1. Montanagirl August 9, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    I love the Stilts. Nice shots!

  2. Elephant's Child August 8, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    How lovely to hear of a ‘success story’. And even more lovely to see one. Thank you.

  3. Stu August 8, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Excellent Photos Mia!!..

  4. Utahbooklover August 8, 2014 at 9:35 am

    The first image is so perfect, the gentle motion of the ripples as it wades gracefully through the water. And sweet…

  5. Fern Culhane August 8, 2014 at 7:40 am

    Thank you for the lovely little break in my morning! These were some of the birds that made me fall in love with Bear River Migratory Wildlife Refuge on my first visit in June of 2006! Great memories of each of my visits since are evoked when I see your pictures! Finally made it to Farmington on my last visit a year ago. Now son has moved to TX so have new environs to explore but will always have a special place in my heart for Northern Utah!

  6. Patty Chadwick August 8, 2014 at 6:57 am

    Sarah Mayhew said “sweet” and that was my reaction…that they have partucularly sweet looking faces….and the very, very long legs they were named for. I especially like the first shot.

  7. Sarah Mayhew August 8, 2014 at 6:39 am

    Very sweet!

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