This pair of black stilts is flying above the Cass Valley in the Mackenzie Basin, one of their last strongholds. They breed in isolation on the banks above river braids, or nearby side streams and wetlands. The shallow edges are where they search for food, such as mayflies, caddisflies, waterboatmen, molluscs and small fish.
Listen to the black stilt’s call.
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Photograph by Rod Morris
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