Courtship Behaviour by Martin Smart
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Featured in “The Birds” May 2010
Featured in “Sets of Two” June 2010

A pair of Black-winged Stilt, sometimes known as Common Stilt, going through their courtship ritual prior to mating. Their breeding habitat is typically marshes, shallow lakes and ponds. These birds pick up their food from sand or water and mainly eat insects and crustaceans.

The nest site is a bare spot on the ground near water and the birds often nest in small groups, sometimes with Avocets. This pair was photographed at the Kalloni Salt Pans on the Greek Island of Lesvos (Lesbos).

Canon 20D
1/1000sec f8 ISO 200
500mm lens + 1.4x converter

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Comments

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkealmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture Martin. Splendid find.

  • Thank you very much for you kind comments Bunny!

    – Martin Smart

  • RichardKlos
    RichardKlosalmost 5 years ago

    “*Excellent! Thank you for submitting your work into the Canon DSLR group* ":http://www.redbubble.com/groups/rebel-group

  • Thank you Richard!

    – Martin Smart

  • redladyart
    redladyartalmost 5 years ago

    Oh I love these long-legged shore birds. Great capture as usual Martin! ;))

  • Hi Sharon, thank you so much for your comments!

    – Martin Smart

  • Craig Hender
    Craig Henderalmost 5 years ago

    Fabulous capture Martin.

  • Thank you very much Craig, appreciate your comment!

    – Martin Smart

  • Themis
    Themisalmost 5 years ago

    Great capture, the legs as the only real touch of colour is a bonus

  • Thank you very much Themis!

    – Martin Smart

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyeralmost 5 years ago

    How wonderful to witness and capture this … well done Martin!

  • Thank you so much Trish, appreciate your kind comments!

    – Martin Smart

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...almost 5 years ago

    Marvelous behavioural capture, great work Martin!

  • Many thanks Kon, appreciate your comments!

    – Martin Smart

  • Lee-Anne Carver
    Lee-Anne Carveralmost 5 years ago

    Oh Martin, this is adorable. There is such a curious pose and it lends an airiness to the image. Well done!

  • Thanks very much Lee-Anne, glad you like this one!

    – Martin Smart

  • Eeva47
    Eeva47almost 5 years ago

    Great photo!!!!!! Do you know which one is the female?

  • Thank you very much Eeva, I appreciate your comments, the female is the one on the right as you look at the image.

    – Martin Smart

  • Jay Ryser
    Jay Ryseralmost 5 years ago

    Great behavioral shot, Martin

  • Thanks very much Jay!

    – Martin Smart

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