I’ve Fallen Behind and I Can’t Catch Up

Although I have several more shots from Bear River that I originally wanted to post, it is time to move on. So, I am going to post a few shots of Black-Necked Stilts, and then post a few more shots from the Malheur portion of our visit tomorrow.

I really prefer live-blogging, at least within a day or two of actual events, and not posting about month-old events. It’s easier for me to edit photos if I can clearly remember what they looked like to me when I took them rather than trying to recreate a “perfect” shot. I’m also more enthusiastic about my subject when it is fresher in my memory, and I definitely don’t want blogging to become a “job” and not a “passion.”

So, without further ado, here are some of my favorite Black-Necked Stilt shots from Bear River. Like the American Avocet, the Black-Necked Stilt is classified as a “wader” and “shorebird”, not as a heron as I originally thought.



k-necked Stilts are in constant motion, hunting prey rather than stalking it like herons do. I would have to describe them as “flighty,” unlike Avocets.


All you need to do is point your camera at a stilt and instantly you have a shot of them in flight,


and once in the air their profile is quite distinctive.

For instance, you would never confuse it with a Snowy Egret in flight.


One thought on “I’ve Fallen Behind and I Can’t Catch Up”

  1. I love these photos. I’ve only seen a Black-Necked Stilt once in my life, and that was when we were zooming past a wetland on Highway 1 between Santa Cruz and Monterey. A truly beautiful bird. I’m glad you were able to take such wonderful photos of this one.

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