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Unidentified flying objects

Posted on Mar 19, 2014

Maybe it’s more precise to say “unidentified flying bird”. Do you have any idea what these brilliant but difficult to discern birds are?

Unidentified flying objects

They’re flying away from the observer and photographer, RTPI Affiliate Sean Graesser. These photos were taken less than a week ago and that is a clue in itself with all of that green in the background as Sean was in Panama.

I always find it amusing that this species has a name that does not reflect the most vivid aspect of its physical appearance. It is accurate, certainly, but the part – or color – that stands out the most to me when looking at the bird is not mentioned. Did that help? This is also a slight clue for the photo because the same part is tough to see in it.

There is a color in the name of this species but it is not that of the long, vibrant legs. Give up yet? Take a look at these photos…

Black-necked Stilts (Himantopus mexicanus) (2)


Black-necked Stilts (Himantopus mexicanus) (1)
Those are Black-necked Stilts (Himantopus mexicanus) on the move! Those bright pink legs are stunning, especially in contrast to the black and white feathers, and can be observed from quite a distance. So why weren’t they named the Pink-legged Stilt? Because they’re not the only stilt species with pink legs! It’s a popular shade.


Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator

Photos © Sean Graesser