Thursday, March 5, 2009

SkyWatch Friday - Black-necked Stilts

These photos were taken in August of 2006 at Goose Pond FWA in Linton, Indiana. Shortly after the creation of this extensive wetland, it was obvious that it would be a hotspot for birds that are typically hard to find in Indiana. The property is one of my favorite places to bird because there is always something interesting to find there.

Black-necked Stilts used to be extremely rare in Indiana and still only nest in a few locations around the state. The first documented nest occured in 2002 in a farm field in Sullivan County (near Goose Pond) but was unsuccessful. Goose Pond had its first breeding record in 2004 when one or possibly two pairs nested. In 2005 another nest was found at Cane Ridge in Gibson County. Since then, the birds have bred even farther north at Pine Creek Game Bird Habitat outside of Lafayette.

Black-necked Stilt in Flight It is amazing to just stand on the dikes and watch these beautiful birds fly around you.

Black-necked Stilt foragingThey are somewhat unafraid of people and allow for close observation as the feed.

Check out other great SkyWatch Friday posts here.

49 comments:

Maria said...

Great photography!

Bradley Myers said...

Good capture, it looks like a place I would enjoy. I have never seen one of these birds before.

P-TER said...

A Beautiful pictere of the amazing bird in the sky!
Gr.
P-TER

Anemone said...

What if i could hav such long thin legs :-)))

Nice pohtos.

Maalie said...

Oh, I believe I saw them during my visit to the Everglades - is that possible?

Guy D said...

Great work, I always enjoy your photography.

Have a great weekend!
Guy
Regina In Pictures

Kelly said...

...that is a good-looking bird. Love those legs!

Carol said...

Beautiful birds...Great shot in the sky...

Sylvia K said...

Great photos and what a beautiful bird! Thanks for sharing! Happy SWF!

Elaine Dale said...

Great shots. The first bird is incredible - you could hardly dream up something that looks like this.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

They really ARE beautiful!

RuneE said...

A pleasure to see this one that we don't have over here. I'm trying to improve my bird photography, but it is mostly ducks etc., though this one wasn't too bad.

Photo Cache said...

wonderful post, both the text and the photos are terrific.

Arija said...

what incredibly long legs they have in flight, like a tail on a kite! Nice shors.

bitingmidge said...

I'd love to be there too! Great shots!

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Babooshka said...

Neve heard of this bird before and can safely say not, ever will be here.

Tess said...

Awesome! I love both the photos. Great shots.

Dewdrop said...

I don't believe that I have ever seen that type of bird. Very interesting about their breeding. I wonder why they are so choosy...

Carver said...

Wonderful shots of the beautiful bird and its surroundings.

J Bar said...
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J Bar said...

Great photos. Thanks for visiting my blog. Cheers, J Bar.

Rune said...

Great shots! :)

Janie said...

Great shots. I love the bird in flight and the reflection in the second shot is lovely.

Quiet Paths said...

Oh very nice; like the reflections.

Rob Ripma said...

@Maalie - Yes, Black-necked Stilts are found in the Everglades throughout the year.

Reader Wil said...

Your photos are so great when enlarged. Great birds.Thanks for showing. Thanks also for your visit.

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Great capture. I would love to see these birds.

Pat - Arkansas said...

Super photos and great information. Thanks! Nice SWF post.

Cactus Jack Splash said...

Nice pictures

beautiful said...

Amazing indeed. Look at the neck of the bird. Wow ...

Laura ~Peach~ said...

i love photos with birds in them... great shots!

kayleen said...

What a wonderful sucess story for the wetlands. Great photos. Thanks for sharing.

Tabib said...

Lovely in flighht pic here.

I just discover the great 'Common Loon and Bass' shot by Rob Ripma at Flicker.
Happy SW Friday!

byrningbunny said...

I've never seen one of these before. Great shot!

Merisi said...

You captured these rare birds beautifully!

(I was going to ask you whether you had been to Maalie's blog, but then I saw he already left a comment.)

Geoff said...

Good bird shot. Great photos.

vincibene said...

Grat shot!

Evita said...

Beautiful! Indeed it is always amazing to just sit and watch nature - there are so many amazing aspects to it and it just feels so good to be a part of them.

Rob Ripma said...

@Tabib - That shot is unforunately not mine but Matthew Studebaker's. I have just commented on it.

MaineBirder said...

Great Skywatch photos! Thanks for sharing them with us.

ChrisC and JonJ said...

Great,as usual.Did not know we had those here in Florida.How far north in Florida are they,or are just in the Everglades?

Rob Ripma said...

@ChrisC and JonJ - I believe they are found year-round in the southern portion of the state and throughout the rest of the state during the summer. They may be more rare in the Panhandle but I am not sure.

ascu75 aka Don said...

GREAT SHOTS tHANKS FOR SHARING xxx dON

gone to the dogs said...

I can't move or think fast enough to capture birds in flight. Great shots.

Sharon said...

I love these birds! They are so dainty and beautiful...great shots:)

Michele said...

Beautiful capture of these elegant birds! Your photography is amazing.

Thanks for dropping by my blog.

Dee said...
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Dee said...

Great shots! I love the second one. Beautiful!

Bestemor Aud said...

These beautiful creatures really makes the sky even more stunning!
What an ivention in the creation!!