Juvenile Black-necked Stilt at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge

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Resting juvenile Black-necked StiltResting juvenile Black-necked Stilt – Nikon D200, f7.1, 1/1000, ISO 320, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

During the month of August there are thousands of shorebirds and their young at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in northern Utah. Earlier this month I had an opportunity to photograph this juvenile Black-necked Stilt as it rested along the auto tour route at the refuge.

Black-necked Stilt juvenileBlack-necked Stilt juvenile – Nikon D200, f8, 1/500, ISO 200, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

After a few moments the juvenile stilt stood up and gave a great view of its extremely long legs. It won’t be long before the stilts and some of the other shorebirds here migrate south for the winter, after all it has already snowed in the mountains.

Where did the summer go?



  1. Elephant's Child August 26, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Fragile perfection.

  2. Jolanta August 26, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Sweet birdie! Nice photos 🙂

  3. Sherry in Mt August 26, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Okay he is absolutely ADORABLE!!! Summer just up and went – I don’t know how or where it just did! Sigh.

  4. Utahbooklover August 26, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Stu, your words describe my feelings exactly. Mia, I too wonder where summer went. The mosquitos have increased in the past few weeks, probably from all the unusual rain, so I still haven’t done my summer excursion around the loop at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. Thanks for the reminder the time is getting short.

  5. Stu August 26, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Such a sweet being… great photos capture how delicate they are..

  6. Patty Chadwick August 26, 2014 at 7:09 am

    Again, I’m struck by the sweetness of these birds faces…lovely shots!

  7. Sarah Mayhew August 26, 2014 at 6:42 am


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