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Old May 10, 2014, 10:24 AM   #1
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Default Black-necked Stilt On Eggs

Black-necked Stilt settling down on nest with four eggs in Green Cay Wetlands.

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Terrific - how does she(he) manage to sit in that awkward looking position to avoid crushing the eggs for hour(s).

Are birds the only species that bend their legs the opposite way to the rest of us?
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Terrific sequence, Ed - well done.

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Terrific - how does she(he) manage to sit in that awkward looking position to avoid crushing the eggs for hour(s).
I don't think that she is all the way down yet in the last frame.

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Are birds the only species that bend their legs the opposite way to the rest of us?
Bird's legs don't bend backwards. Her knees are hidden beneath the wings - the joint you see is actually the intertarsal joint (equivalent of the ankle).
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Wonderful photos and also fine explanation of the anatomy - thanks to the talented photographer and the talented educator!
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