Black-necked Stilt – Farmington Bird Sanctuary; Farmington, Utah: Driving through the Farmington Bird Sanctuary I saw this Black-necked Stilt aimlessly wandering in a circle. I stopped, used my van as a blind and began shooting. I took numerous images, but with each image I shot I was perplexed over the behavior. There seem to be no reason for the aimless wandering.
After about five minutes of shooting another stilt that I had notice feeding about a hundred feet away suddenly took flight and flew directly to the bird I was photographing. As soon as the new stilt alighted the bird I had been photographing flew off and the new arrival walked about three feed into the nearby grasses and settled onto a nest. The behavior of the bird I had been photographing now made sense.The male had been protecting the nest from potential predators while the female was away feeding.
Nikon D7000, Nikkor 500mm f4 VRII, 1/250 @ f8