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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Black-necked Stilt

At a small wildlife refuge near home in the San Francisco North Bay.
I took a lot of pictures of these birds who were fairly tolerant of my presence. When sorting out the rubbish it came down to the images where they were facing this direction, into the hazy sun were the best. Also having the dark reflected background helped compared to a pure water background.

Surprisingly I was successful in getting a couple decent inflight images.

This little video captures the constant sharp yek, yek call they have. Midway through the film the sound goes away as I slowed the video down to one quarter the speed so as to better see the bird in flight. At the end is another inflight segment and you'll see how fast they are and how difficult it was to keep them in frame. You'll hear me go "hrmmpft" thinking I missed it.


32 comments:

  1. Gorgeous reflections in your first 2 photos and the flight shots are very nice!

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  2. This is very good!
    A perfect post for WBW!
    Have a nice evening!

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  3. Wow! Love the reflection and the flight shots! Congratulations!

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  4. Great shots of this little guy. They are so hard to get. I usually have to shoot them from the car.

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  5. great job with these! keeping the bird in flight - i'm impressed! but those reflections... whew! gorgeous!

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  6. Oh how I would LOVE to find a spot where birds tolerated me. Wonderful shots!

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  7. Terrific stills, and I love the flight in slow motion!

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  8. What cool birds! Enjoyed the video lots!! And the reflections in the first two pics are really nice.

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  9. These little guys are constantly noisy and busy aren't they!
    You did a terrific job with the video capturing the action.

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  10. The reflections in first 2 photos are very good!!!

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  11. Good post!! Going hammmptf is mild im my world. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  12. Beautiful photos of this greatlooking bird! :)

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  13. A brilliant clip to watch John.. Sorry no... the word I was looking for is Stunning!
    I loved the take off flight shot and landing...
    Wonderful birds to see...
    I have seen Black-winged Stilts (rare in the UK) on my patch.

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  14. Great captures. I especially like the first photo with the reflection in the water.

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  15. I love the stilts, great photos of these beauties.

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  16. A great post!
    Adding the video was brilliant, wow am I impressed!
    I don't think you did a "HRMMPFT" sound.
    Seemed more like a grunt...

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  17. Fabulous shots! I loved the video - you did an amazing job capturing the flights!

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  18. Just beautiful John and what a perfect landing.

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  19. Well done John!
    I'm glad you photographed the birds in flight, practice makes it perfect!
    It's cool you posted the video, now we can listen to them. :)

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  20. Your in flight stills are excellent John! You have got the knack. Hey, I shot about 1500 shots this week getting the five I used. That's just how it is, I appreciate your hard work. What I can't understand is how in the hell did you keep the stilt in frame when it was crusing across the lake in the video. Smooth stuff. That is amazing!

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  21. Priceless, just beautiful! I adore those sweet and charming faces~

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  22. I was looking forward to hearing the "hrmmmpft" but didn't catch it. love the third shot here, and I stopped the video at 1:10 so I could more closely check out the fantastic reflection shot. WOW. excellent entertainment here to start my day. happy day to you.

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  23. Beautiful and great job of capturing him in flight too!

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  24. Beautiful photos.

    Regards and best wishes

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  25. I miss seeing black-necked stilts and American Avocets. I used to see them all the time when I lived in Utah and then AZ. I love how their legs trail behind them like pink streamers! Very nice pics!

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  26. Loved the video! I had to laugh when they were walking through the water and the first inflight segment was fantastic! I didn't hear your "hrmmpft", but if you visit my post I can share my "S**T" with you on my video! ;)

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  27. Hi there - great set of pictures - and I like the sound effects on the video!

    I was lucky enough to band some Stilts early in the year - wonderful birds!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

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  28. I once tried to video my dog running after a Frisbee ... all I got was grass with a few random dog body parts. So I can appreciate how difficult it is to capture a Stilt or any bird in flight. I am imprressed with all of your work. Your pictures are beautiful.

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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  29. The old blogoshpere has made me fairly familiar with American garden birds but beyond the gate still holds new things for me. This is a lovely looking bird that I've never seen before.

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