Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Nest Between the Rocks?


The behavior of a female Black-necked Stilt puzzled me right from the beginning. She acted restless and hesitant.  What I didn't know that there was a nest the female built between the rocks and she was going to return back to it.

Black-necked Stilts build their nests on the ground on the clumps of vegetation or floating algae but I never heard of laying eggs between the rocks. That was unusual.

The female is going to her nest.  She is very cautious and slow.

The female Stilt knows exactly where the egg is but takes precaution and stops for a few seconds. 

You can see the egg, it's buff with dark spots.  Usually, Black-necked Stilts lay three to four eggs but I saw only one egg.

The female is a very careful and takes her time to mount on the egg.

The egg is almost covered by female.

For a while the female Black-necked Stilt will lay on the egg and then she will take a short break.  The mornings are very warm so the egg in the nest will be fine to left unattended for a while.

Generally, life is good!


  1. Interesante seguimiento de como se incuba un huevo, Kaya, muy buena serie fotográfica, buen trabajo.


  2. It seems that his legs have become thinner from the heat.
    The beak helps him a lot in finding the grain.

  3. Hello Kaya,
    What a lovely shots. So funny to see these wonderful birds with their long thin legs.
    Your pictures are very well taken. I love it.

    Greetings, Marco

  4. Una serie muy bella y enternecedora. Has sido muy paciente y has obtenido una buena recompensa por ello. Las padres de los huevos tienen que tomar muchas precauciones para que los depredadores no se coman o destruyan sus huevos.
    Un abrazo y cuídate.

  5. Entre las piedras, se verá más segura y menos visible a miradas extrañas.

    Muy buena observación, con unas bellas fotografías.


  6. Hola Kaya, estupendas fotos de esta hermosa ave. Besos.

  7. Curious, beautiful and stylized creature.Nature is beautiful, your photo too, in another way, capturing it.

  8. Very interesting series, the animal does not seem to be disturbed by the big eye. The reproduction of this species nesting close to the water can be delicate because of the risks of storms and sudden rise of water

  9. Great shots.. Congrats and happy weekend