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Black-necked Stilt Photos

Photography by Terry Sohl

My Favorite: Not a species I've seen in South Dakota except on a couple of rare occasions, but one that I've seen in multiple places in the western U.S.  On one work trip to Salt Lake City, I took an extra vacation day on my own and went birding in the area, including around Antelope Island and on the Bear River Bird Refuge.  I came across quite a few Black-necked Stilts in both locations, including little families with young on the Bear River Bird Refuge.  This photo is of an adult giving me a bit of a scolding for walking by.  The parent did a good job protecting its nearby young from the "threat" of the guy with the camera, keeping itself between me and the young the entire time I walked past.

Black-necked Stilt - Himantopus mexicanus

Black-necked Stilt - Himantopus mexicanus

Black-necked Stilt - Himantopus mexicanus

Black-necked Stilt - Himantopus mexicanus

Black-necked Stilt - Himantopus mexicanus

Black-necked Stilt 1

June 24th, 2005

Chincoteague, Virginia

Black-necked Stilt 2

June 27th, 2009

Bear River Bird Refuge, Utah

Black-necked Stilt 3

June 24th, 2005

Chincoteague, Virginia

Black-necked Stilt 4 (Young)

June 27th, 2009

Bear River Bird Refuge, Utah

Black-necked Stilt - Himantopus mexicanus

Black-necked Stilt - Himantopus mexicanus

Black-necked Stilt - Himantopus mexicanus

Black-necked Stilt - Himantopus mexicanus

Black-necked Stilt 5 (Young)

June 27th, 2009

Bear River Bird Refuge, Utah

Black-necked Stilt 6

June 27th, 2009

Antelope Island, Great Salt Lake, Utah

Black-necked Stilt 7

June 27th, 2009

Antelope Island, Great Salt Lake, Utah

Black-necked Stilt 8 (Young)

June 27th, 2009

Bear River Bird Refuge, Utah

Black-necked Stilt - Himantopus mexicanus

Black-necked Stilt - Himantopus mexicanus

Black-necked Stilt - Himantopus mexicanus

Black-necked Stilt - Himantopus mexicanus

Black-necked Stilt 9 (Young)

June 27th, 2009

Bear River Bird Refuge, Utah

Black-necked Stilt 10 (Young)

June 27th, 2009

Bear River Bird Refuge, Utah

Black-necked Stilt 11

December 7th, 2010

Gilbert Water Ranch, Phoenix, Arizona

Black-necked Stilt 12

April 23rd, 2015

Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Black-necked Stilt - Himantopus mexicanus

Black-necked Stilt - Himantopus mexicanus

Black-necked Stilt 13

April 23rd, 2015

Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Black-necked Stilt 14

April 23rd, 2015

Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Click here for the species description page for the Black-necked Stilt


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