Black-winged Stilt

Himantopus himantopus

As its names suggests, this black-and-white species has extremely long, pink legs, which it uses to wade through a variety of wetland habitats in southern Africa.

We first recorded this stilt in September 2010 while visiting Ndumo Game Reserve; a small reserve, which sits on the border of Mozambique and boasts a bird list of over 400 species. 

My best experience with this species took place in Octomber 2012 when Skye Hartog and I watched the interaction between juveniles and adults at Mkhombo Dam Nature Reserve . The early morning light and the active stilts made for great photography.


Black-winged Stilt / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, South Africa / 31 August 2013 Black-winged Stilt / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, South Africa / 22 September 2013 Black-winged Stilt / Mkhombo Dam Nature Reserve, South Africa / 05 October 2012 Black-winged Stilt / Mkhombo Dam Nature Reserve, South Africa / 05 October 2012 Black-winged Stilt / Mkhombo Dam Nature Reserve, South Africa / 05 October 2012 Black-winged Stilt / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / 31 August 2013 Black-winged Stilt / Mkhombo Dam Nature Reserve, South Africa / 05 October 2012 Black-winged Stilt / Mkhombo Dam Nature Reserve, South Africa / 05 October 2012 Black-winged Stilt / Strandfontein Sewage Works, South Africa / 12 November 2011 Black-winged Stilt / Mkhombo Dam Nature Reserve, South Africa / 05 October 2012 Black-winged Stilt / Mkhombo Dam Nature Reserve, South Africa / 06 January 2012 Black-winged Stilt / Mkhombo Dam Nature Reserve, South Africa / 05 October 2012 Black-winged Stilt / Mkhombo Dam Nature Reserve, South Africa / 05 October 2012 Black-winged Stilt / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, South Africa / 22 September 2013 Black-winged Stilt / Mkhombo Dam Nature Reserve, South Africa / 05 October 2012 Black-winged Stilt / Mkhombo Dam Nature Reserve, South Africa / 05 October 2012
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