It’s a start…

I can still remember the excitement I felt when I saw my first Puffin on Westray. Naturally I couldn’t believe they were so small. Obviously the photograph is awful and you have to have a keen eye to see where the Puffin is.

The same is true of my first view of Black-Winged Stilts.

Black-Winged Stilt - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The Black-Winged Stilt’s scientific name is Himantopus himantopus. So good they named it twice. Himantopus means strap-foot, and I think they’re right to focus on those candy-cane legs as their most distinguishing feature. I look forward to getting better photographs of them.

It’s a start, though.

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