Tag Archives: Stilt

Gathering of Roseate Spoonbills

This scene greeted me when I arrived at Donnelley Wildlife Management Area last week.

Roseate Spoonbills, Black-necked Stilts, Snowy Egret
Roseate Spoonbills, Black-necked Stilts, Snowy Egret

It was hard to know where to look first.

Roseate Spoonbills, Black-necked Stilts, Snowy Egret
Roseate Spoonbills, Black-necked Stilt, Snowy Egret

The Roseate Spoonbills raising their beaks like this is often a precursor to flight, like a secret signal.

Roseate Spoonbills
Roseate Spoonbills

Sure enough, the crowd thinned.

Roseate Spoonbills
Roseate Spoonbills

These few stayed a bit longer, performing various stretches then the one on the left gave the signal.

Roseate Spoonbills
Roseate Spoonbills

Black-necked Stilt Fly-by

A pair of Black-necked Stilts swooped on by me as I stood on a dike at Orlando Wetlands.

Pair of Black-necked Stilts in Flight
Pair of Black-necked Stilts in Flight

Often described as “stately” due to their color scheme and long legs, they are also elegant flyers.

Pair of Black-necked Stilts in Flight
Pair of Black-necked Stilts in Flight

And fly they did, right on to the other side of this impoundment.

Pair of Black-necked Stilts in Flight
Pair of Black-necked Stilts in Flight

April 10, 2022

Bird Variety in Bulls Island Pond

Most of the birds we saw on Bulls Island were far off, but there was a lot of variety. This fresh water pond was hosting wading birds, ducks and shore birds.

Bird Convention
Bird Convention

A path between two ponds had a few spots where you could peak between the underbrush for a better view.

Ring-necked Duck and Two Northern Shovelers
Ring-necked Ducks and Northern Shovelers

A group of shore birds was making the rounds.

Black Necked Stilts, Blue-winged Teals, and some Shore Birds
Black Necked Stilts, Blue-winged Teals, and some Shore Birds

Bulls Island is a 5000 acre barrier island off the coast of South Carolina with multiple ecosystems including maritime forest, fresh and brackish water impoundments and salt marsh.

April 3, 2022

Black-necked Stilt

It’s easy to see how this bird got its name. The Black-necked Stilt is a shore bird that has thin and delicate legs, giving the it an awkward looking walk.

Black-necked Stilt
Black-necked Stilt – click image for larger view

This was my first sighting of a Stilt and I was quite impressed with his colors and precise movements.

Black-necked Stilt
Black-necked Stilt – click image for larger view

He went back and forth along the edge of the tidal water, poking and prodding as he went.

Black-necked Stilt
Black-necked Stilt  – click image for larger view

Even more striking when flying, I saw several groups of two and three zipping by without getting an in flight shot. This take off shot and shadow will have do for today.

Black-necked Stilt
Black-necked Stilt – click image for larger view

This turned out to be just a short hop to a new lunch spot.

Black-necked Stilt
Black-necked Stilt – click image for larger view

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