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Black-winged stilt

Himantopus himantopus

Description:

Long-legged wader, with a fine, straight, black bill. Legs extend out backwards when flying, black wings and white body.

Habitat:

Frequents areas of shallow fresh, brackish or salt water. Migratory, generally wintering in Africa. Food mainy insects. Nest is lined scrape on islet or near water, occasionally a raised mound of vegeation in shallow water.

Notes:

Spotted on salt beds in the Rio Formosa National Park area. (21/8/11 - one photo of poor quality deleted, one new photo added taken exactly the same place, even the same salt bed, one week later on 20/8/11. New photo is now the first photo.)

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3 Comments

Dangermouse
Dangermouse 2 years ago

One photo of bad quality removed, one new one added. First photo is the new one.

Dangermouse
Dangermouse 2 years ago

They are one of my favourite waders to watch, especially when flying. And they're constantly talking to each other!

NicoleB
NicoleB 2 years ago

I love their long legs :)
Such graceful birds!

Algarve, Portugal

Lat: 37.12, Long: -7.62

Spotted on Aug 13, 2011
Submitted on Aug 13, 2011

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