Black-necked Stilt


The Black-necked Stilt does not visit Kootenay Lake — or that is what the range maps of bird websites would have you believe. Indeed, I have not seen it here before. And the bird isn’t even listed in Cannings’ book, Birds of Interior BC and the Rockies

Yet, in the last two weeks, this stilt has been seen from the Creston Flats (over 80 seen) to Kaslo (over 20 seen). Have they been seen in such numbers before?

I went to the Harrop wetlands to look for them with my daughter. There was one. Which all things considered was, in of itself, an impressive number. Cynthia and I had comparable shots of the stilt feeding, but her shots of it flying excelled, so I just show them.

A Black-necked Stilt lifts off from the Lake. A glance at those long (pink) legs reveals how it gained the name, stilt.

Cynthia’s picture of the stilt flying off has to be a classic for this region.

Cynthia Fraser’s pictures are used with permission.


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5 Responses to Black-necked Stilt

  1. Karen Pidcock says:

    They are such stunningly shaped and marked shorebirds…Thanks for these lovely images!

  2. Susi says:

    Beautiful photos Cynthia! Thank you for sharing.

  3. Kathryn says:

    So perhaps we have a new bird in town? Great capture Cynthia.

  4. Grace Devaux says:

    That little skirt and legs reminds me of the LVR dancers posing at Cottonwood Falls. Beautiful. Thanks

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