This delicate adult Black-necked Stilt strolls around the shallow pond, keeping an eye on his last remaining chick. As I watched, this little one keep toddling off while his watchful parent kept ‘herding’ him back to a safer space.The Stilts build their nests in what would seem to be the most vulnerable of places, on ‘bare open ground near water, with little vegetation.’ (Audubon)Although the chicks are precocial, and can leave the nest within hours of hatching, the vigilant parents remain nearby. When other birds come too close, the parents become agitated and very noisy, yapping loudly to ward off potential intruders.
“An anti-predator display called ‘the popcorn display’ consists of a group of adults encircling a ground predator and hopping side to side while flapping their wings.” (BirdWeb)Fun fact about Black-necked Stilts: ‘They have the second-longest legs in proportion to their bodies of any bird, exceeded only by flamingos.’ (All About Birds)! I love this description of the Black-necked Stilt on eBird!!: ‘Elegant shorebird with exceptionally long legs. Walks gracefully on bright pink chopsticks.’