Black-necked Stilt Chicks

For my New Year’s post this year, I added an image of a black-necked stilt chick and its mother. I have finally processed additional photos from that day of the same chick and its siblings (there were three altogether).

A black-necked stilt chick wades through shallow water looking for food
A black-necked stilt chick wades through shallow water looking for food

I found this family at a popular birding spot near my home. While I had heard reports that nesting activity had occurred here in the past, I had never seen stilt chicks here myself. It was a joy to watch these little guys stumble around on shaky legs until they got tired, and had to take a break by sitting down on the shoreline.

A black-necked stilt chick takes a rest on the shoreline next to a still pond
A black-necked stilt chick takes a rest on the shoreline next to a still pond

Soon enough, they would recover and bounce back into action. One of the three was more adventurous than then others, venturing away from the shelter of the brush in search of food.

A black-necked stilt chick is reflected in still water as it looks for food along a narrow island
A black-necked stilt chick is reflected in still water as it looks for food along a narrow island

It was fun to watch them interact with each other. I could imagine talking to each other in their own little language, telling each other where the best food could be found.

Two black-necked stilt siblings stand close together in shallow water
Two black-necked stilt siblings stand close together in shallow water

When one chick would wander off too far, the mother would swoop in and corral it back to the others. Hopefully this family had good luck and all of these chicks made it through the nesting season. I look forward to scoping out this spot in the future for more nesting activity and a close up view of parents bringing these little ones into the world.