Black-Necked Stilt by debbielove ()
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This delightful pair I took this photo of while at my last visit at London Zoo, (with the camera that did NOT break on me! lol)
I've put the photo through photo shop and Picasa 3 to tart it up a bit..
Particularly the North American populations of the Black-necked Stilt have somewhat declined in the 20th century, mainly due to conversion of habitat for human use and pollution affecting both the birds directly as well as their food stocks. But altogether, the population is healthy and occurs over a large range. This stilt is therefore classified as a Species of Least Concern by the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature)..
The Hawaiian Stilt, separated with the Black-necked Stilt in a distinct species by some (including the IUCN), is very rare however and numbers less than 2,000 individuals. Predation by the Small Indian Mongoose, introduced to hunt rats, is suspected to have contributed to its decline..
Bit of info there for you..
Enjoy, Hammer Girls tomorrow.. I feel slightly better today Yay!
Image Comments (14)
Yeh, just another Flamingo 'wannabe'....need to eat more krill mate..... :-) Great capture of these 'chillin' birds....did whoever named them actually think they were accomplished craftsmen, able to fashion their own wooden appendage? Surely a better name would have been 'Backward facing black and white red leg' :-)
I can sleep anywhere, anytime but not on one leg:) Always interesting to get your take on each species in the London Zoo. I learn more with each post. Nicely done...and good to see your Nikon D40 is still giving you good service. Think Tara and I are soon switching to Canon. Olympus has gone off the deep end with a type of camera that has little or no interest for me and they have almost deserted their DSLR line. Goodbye Olympus:)