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Featured in “Wild Nature Photography & Writing” May 2010
Featured in “The Birds” May 2010
Featured in “Sets of Two” June 2010

Taken only 26 seconds after Courtship Behaviour the “getting to know you” period for a pair of Black-winged Stilt comes to an abrupt end as they proceed to mate!

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
1/800sec f8 ISO 200
500mm lens + 1.4x converter


mating, courtship, lesvos, marshland bird, wader and wading bird

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  • Kimberly Chadwick
    Kimberly Chadwickover 4 years ago

    You say to all the girls, don’t you, great capture!

  • Lol, not me Kimberley!! Thanks very much for your comments!

    – Martin Smart

  • Karen  Moore
    Karen Mooreover 4 years ago

    What a shot !!! Fantastic !!!

  • Glad you like it Karen, thanks very much for your comments!

    – Martin Smart

  • Eeva47
    Eeva47over 4 years ago

    Great photo!!! I know which one is the female in this one!!!!!!!

  • Lol, no need to guess with this one Eeva!! Thanks so much for your comments!

    – Martin Smart

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    Brilliant capture Martin!
    Love your title :)

  • Thanks very much for your comments and support Trish, truly appreciated!

    – Martin Smart

  • jesika
    jesikaover 4 years ago

    But will he still love her tomorrow?
    Great shot

  • Good question Jesika, one can but hope!! Thanks very much for your comments!

    – Martin Smart

  • Gabrielle  Hope
    Gabrielle Hopeover 4 years ago

    Brilliant capture Martin, and the title is perfect.

  • Thank you very much for your kind comments Gabrielle, greatly appreciated!

    – Martin Smart

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 4 years ago

    Superb capture and title, great work Martin!

  • Many thanks for your kind comments Kon, no doubt you know this Island pretty well….. a great place to visit for migratory birds!

    – Martin Smart

  • photographykl
    photographyklover 4 years ago

    :D cool capture!

  • Thank you so much Kadri, appreciate your comment!

    – Martin Smart

  • Svetlana Sewell
    Svetlana Sewellover 4 years ago

    Brilliant shot!

  • Thank you very much Svetlana, appreciate your comment!

    – Martin Smart

  • Sandy Stewart
    Sandy Stewartover 4 years ago

    Perfect timing and so beautifully captured story depicting shot of a pair of Black-Winged Stilts during courtship! Love the title too! lol : )

  • Glad you like it Sandy and many thanks for your kind comments, much appreciated!

    – Martin Smart

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