Monday, March 04, 2013

A Pair of Stilts

"Nature has been mastering itself for some time now, and it is an honor to be able to capture its beauty."
                                                                                                                        - Justin Beckett

Snoozing stilt

The black-necked stilt has a permanent spot on my Top 20 Favorite Birds list. So elegant and delicate-looking, yet aggressively territorial at times. I also find their in-flight habit of letting their legs trail out behind them rather endearing. When we're in the field, I usually hear them before I spot them - their piercing high-pitched repetitive call is unmistakable to me.

There's a nice YouTube video of stilts from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology here, with some wonderful footage of large groups of them feeding and erupting into flight. Enjoy!

Check out those legs!

Sketching a pair of stilts

In our area, reports are starting to come in that the swans are migrating back north again. In the last week or two, we have been seeing large flocks of ducks in flight. I am hopeful that this means that we can get back into some serious birding again soon. It's been a long winter!


Sherrie York said...

Nice work! I love stilts, too. When I was first drawing birds I would sit at the zoo and fill pages with stilt sketches.

Gabrielle said...

Would love to see that sketchbook, Sherrie!