Stilts I have known

Black-winged Stilts

Himantopus himantopus

"Seitaka-shigi" - Japanese

Rice field next to Fukushimagata, Niigata, Japan

Nikon 1 V1 + Nikon ED50 Fieldscope

May 24, 2014

Last weekend, Saturday May 24 2014, I was carrying digiscoping gear around at Fukushimagata in hope of finding Common Kingfishers when a couple of Black-winged Stilts flew in front of me and landed in an adjacent rice field. I followed them and got most of these shots. It was my first try with the V1 camera attached to my Nikon ED50 Fieldscope. (I just got an adaptor a few weeks ago to try out, being the gear head I am) I'm not so excited by the shots when I pixel peep but the subjects were 50-80 metres away so I think the results are nice enough.

It was my first time to see Black-winged Stilts outside Australia and I noticed how their heads have black patches on top compared to Australia's version, Himantopus leucocephalus, which has a white face with black on the back of the head/neck. - Check out the last image.

I found 7 stilts there on the Saturday and went back the next day with my D800 and 400mm lens and found 9. It's interesting with the big camera that even though I was much closer to the subjects I had to crop the pictures significantly. The V1 pics are not cropped.

I admit I'm not so good at Digiscoping and it a an art form worth investigating. I'm not so patient, however.

May 25 with Nikon D800 + AF-S 80-400mm and two below.

These are Black-winged Stilts, Himantopus leucocephalus,
seen at Cape York, Australia

Note the black on the back of their neck and not on top of their heads.

Photo with Nikon D800 + Nikkor 300 f4 + 1.4 TC