Your long-legged birds

A round-up of Nature Photo Challenge :9: Long-legged Birds.

A special call-out to Toby from Travels With Toby who suggested this topic. Thanks Toby. And if anyone else has a suggestion for a weekly topic, please mention it. Nature Photo Challenge #9, Long-legged Birds, captured the imagination of 21 bloggers, so a big thank you for all your contributions and also thanks to those who didn’t have any suitable pictures but commented on others’ pics.

  • Ruth got us off to a great start with six species, including a gorgeous Sacred Ibis and an amazing looking Saddle-billed Stork.
  • You can never have too many Flamingoes can you? I.J. certainly has a lot in Mumbai. But why are they less pink than their city cousins? He has a theory.
  • Terri took us to the Riparian Preserve in Arizona and introduced us to the Black-winged Stilt and Snowy Egret; two birds definitely worth a second look.
  • Want to catch up with 13 pairs of long legs from 8 different bird species? Head on over to Bushboy’s Photos for some Australian birds.
  • Still in Australia, Carol introduced me to a bird I had never heard of before, the Brolga, which is a member of the crane family and Australia’s largest waterbird.
  • Toby is in her element, with photos and videos of her local herons and egrets.
  • A gorgeous egret from Archer, with its white plumage contrasting so brightly with the dark background.
  • Then we were off to the Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary in India, with PR‘s outstanding photos of egrets and an ibis.
  • Still in India, Philo shared a stunning Red-Wattled Lapwing, with the most spectacular yellow legs. And he shared some interesting observations about long legs in humans too!
  • Another action shot from Dawn: a Heron coming in to land. I hope there were no cross-winds.
  • Cee showed us a Heron, Egret and a beautiful Crane. Three slender, tall, long-legged birds that never fail to look extremely graceful.
  • For a globe-trotting long-legged tour, visit Sarah and admire her Spoonbills in Costa Rica, Flamingoes in Chile and Portugal, Herons and Egrets in Senegal, Lapwings and Storks in Botswana, Cranes in India, and lots more!
  • I think the pinkest Flamingoes and the thickest bird’s legs (Ostrich) were identified by Deb.
  • Aletta shared some beautiful long legs from western South Africa, with my favorites being the Blue Cranes and African Sacred Ibis.
  • Don’t we love it when Judy “gets carried away”? She did it again, with birds sleeping, fishing, flying, eating, or just looking beautiful.
  • Margaret went looking for long legs, and amidst her Egrets, Herons, Stork and Flamingoes, found a long-legged Chicken!
  • Let’s take a walk along the Blackstone River in Massachusetts with Marilyn: plenty of Herons, plus a Black-crowned Night Heron.
  • Woolly took us to the Kruger National Park where even the young ostriches have long legs.
  • Some of you will be familiar with the Pukeko, but for me it was a totally new bird, thanks to Sonya.
  • Nes concentrated on the Black-Crowned Night Heron, to show the differences between an adult and a juvenile.
  • I was hoping that Babsje would submit photos, considering her site is called Babsjeheron! And she did, along with a story of her outstanding efforts to protect her local Great Blue Herons. Well worth a read.

I think you will agree that we have definitely put long-legged birds on the WordPress map! How are you getting on with Nature Photo Challenge #10: Dragonflies?

Nature Photo Challenge #9 Long legged birds, with this Sacred Ibis
Focus Photo for the challenge is this beautiful Sacred Ibis coming in to land at Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary in Karnataka, India. It was photographed by PR who blogs at Flights of the Soul.


  1. I love your idea of gathering participants amazing clicks all in one place for easy viewing, appreciating and enjoying along with your lovely comments.
    I am sure you must have spent a lot of time.
    Rare to see from those who host challenges…undertaking this kind of exercise without fail week after week!
    Thank you and congratulations 👏

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  2. i too had a great time clicking through these links Denzil. there’s nothing like a photo challenge to sharpen your photography and enjoy the art form. enjoy the rest of the weekend and thanks for linking me

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