Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

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[Mystery bird] Newly hatched Black-necked Stilt, Himantopus mexicanus, photographed at Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, Anahuac, Texas. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours]

Image: Joseph Kennedy, 26 June 2010 [larger view].

Nikon D200, Kowa 883 telescope with TSN-PZ camera eyepiece 1/320s f/8.0 at 1000.0mm iso400.

Please name at least one field mark that supports your identification.

Newly-hatched baby birds of this mystery bird species have a remarkable ability, can you tell me what that is?

Newborn Black-necked Stilts are so precocial as youngsters that they have been seen swimming within two hours of hatching.

Review all mystery birds to date.


  1. #1 James
    June 29, 2010

    “Like father, like son.”

    Field mark involves the bill, but not until much more mature.

    Don’t click here if you want to continue to play, but it will prove me right later, I hope.

  2. #2 dhogaza
    June 29, 2010

    Those cute blue legs are a giveaway …

    Here’s a photo of an even younger one.

    They’re so cute …

  3. #3 Adrian
    June 30, 2010

    I don’t think it’s Avocet. I think this may be the other long-legged one.

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