Today, I spent a few hours at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge photographing a wide variety of birds to include Sandpipers, Plovers, Great Blue Herons, Great White Egrets, Red Herons, Tricolor Herons, Snowies, White Pelicans, as well as a few others to include Black-necked Stilts. I have yet to review and process any of these images, but did review and process a very special video that I am anxious to share.
While photographing a pair of Black-necked Stilts as they foraged in shallow water, they stopped and began a courtship ritual. Believing that I was about to witness them mating, I switched my Nikon D800 from shooting stills to video. My suspicion was correct. The male pranced around the female several times, while she maintained a rigid, forward looking stance until the mating had ended. Then, the two stilts walked away quickly and very closely together, appearing to be gazing into each others eyes.
Be sure to watch the video in the full screen mode.
I have a lot of image processing to do from other locations as well as Merritt Island, and will eventually upload them to my website and/or this blog, but I thought this video was worth posting by itself.