Male Black-necked Stilt near the auto loop at Bear River MBR

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Male Black-necked Stilt near the auto loop at Bear RiverMale Black-necked Stilt near the auto loop at Bear River – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/800, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

Last week while on the auto tour loop at Bear River I saw plenty of American Avocets and Black-necked Stilts. Their breeding season is over and there are lots of young with the adults in the shallow water or resting on the gravel road.

The Black-necked Stilt adults seem to be still keeping an eye on their young and that is what this male Black-necked Stilt  was doing near the auto tour loop. There were a few juvenile feeding nearby that I couldn’t quite get clear shots of but this male was out in the open.

They are such long-legged and elegant looking shorebirds that it is no wonder that so many people find them appealing.

Life is good.



  1. Elephant's Child August 4, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    Such a stylish bird.

  2. Patty Chadwick August 4, 2016 at 11:48 am

    Amazing that those long, skinny,pink legs can actually hold up anything! If he doffed that tuxedo it might lighten the load on them a little……still, very elegant!

  3. Jane Chesebrough August 4, 2016 at 10:07 am

    Great find and shot.If I want to see this species I better get out with the nature club.

  4. Carol August 4, 2016 at 8:02 am

    I love this picture. Beautiful pink legged “gal”!!!

  5. Jo Smith August 4, 2016 at 8:00 am

    Another of my favorite shorebird… hard to chose.

  6. April Olson August 4, 2016 at 7:25 am

    Beautiful single bird shot. I was amazed at all the youth on the road 2 weeks ago. This week there were not as many. Sadly my favorite small pond for photos and observation is dry now. I guess the refuge channels what water they have into the major ponds. this time of year.

  7. Marie Read August 4, 2016 at 6:57 am

    In that pool just inside the gate on the left? They seem to like that spot and I saw many cool behaviors there back in May. I bet it would be a good spot to sit down low on the edge somewhere in camo with one’s gear. Love these birds!

  8. Bob mcpherson August 4, 2016 at 6:22 am

    Beautiful photo, Mia

  9. Kim August 4, 2016 at 6:17 am

    I’ve never seen a bird like this. I think I like him. 🙂

  10. Jan goddefroy August 4, 2016 at 5:28 am

    A good place Bear River Migratory Bird refuge. Nice pictures

  11. Phil August 4, 2016 at 5:24 am

    Nice bird. Those long legs are something.!

  12. Roger Burnard August 4, 2016 at 5:20 am

    Mia… you sure do good work… ;-)))

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