Black-winged Stilt by Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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The Black-winged Stilt or Common Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) is a widely distributed very long-legged wader. The breeding habitat of stilts is marshes, shallow lakes and ponds. Some populations are migratory and move to the ocean coasts in winter. These birds pick up their food from sand or water. They mainly eat insects and crustaceans. The nest site is a bare spot on the ground near water.
The Souss-Massa National Park is a 33,800 hectare national park on the Atlantic coast of Morocco which was created in 1991. The habitat is grazed steppe with dunes, beaches and wetlands. The soil is mainly sandy with some rockier areas. It is the only known Moroccan breeding site for the Glossy Ibis. The two estuaries are important for migrants, especially waders and gulls. European Spoonbill and Audouin’s Gull winter in the park. Other notable breeding bird species are Red-necked Nightjar, Thick-billed Lark, Tristram’s Warbler and Moussier’s Redstart.
Souss-Massa also holds captive-breeding programmes for four threatened North African ungulates: Scimitar Oryx, Addax, Dama gazelle and Dorcas gazelle, that are kept in separate enclosures within the park. The reintroduction of the Ostrich – which is extinct north of the Sahara – is also underway.
Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus), Souss-Massa National park, Morocco, Africa

Nikon D200, Nikkor 18-200 mm, 1/350 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 200
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  • LisaBeth
    LisaBethalmost 4 years ago

    excellent capture. great compo.

  • Thank you very much LisaBeth!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • Thank you for accepting Ray!

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  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 4 years ago

  • Thank you for accepting Larry!

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

    4 May 2011 – 2 images per day

  • Mark Hughes
    Mark Hughesalmost 4 years ago

    Fantastic capture Konstantinos.

  • Thank you very much Mark!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Bradley Nichol
    Bradley Nicholalmost 4 years ago

  • Many thanks for the feature Bradley, much appreciated!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • William Bullimore
    William Bullimorealmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture.

  • Thanks a lot William!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • almaalice
    almaalicealmost 4 years ago

    I love the spikey grass complimenting the spikey legs, very clever, excellent shot. Alma

  • Thank you very much Alma!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Poete100
    Poete100almost 4 years ago

    What cute birds they are and congratulation on all your features…well deserved!!! L

  • Thank you very much Lorraine!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • walela
    walelaalmost 4 years ago

    Lovely shot

  • Thanks a lot Walela!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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