Treading carefully – Black Stilt


I had heard that a Black Stilt (Himantopus novaezelandiae) had been spotted at Lake Tekapo. Being the most endangered wader on Earth, I kept my fingers crossed and headed over there as soon as possible. In the beautiful evening light I managed to capture an image of this critically endangered species.

Lake Tekapo, South Island, New Zealand

Canon EOS 1D MkIII, Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM lens + Canon EF 1.4II extender,1/800, f7.1, ISO 500; handheld

Status: The Black Stilt is listed as Critically Endangered.

by Trevor Penfold, Raglan, New Zealand