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Mom and Dad Black-Necked Stilts (Himantopus mexicanus mexicanus) scurry looking for the little ones when I stepped from my car to take a picture. If you look very closely you can see a rusty, blurry line across the middle of the picture. That is the barbed wire fence I was standing near (and thus it is way out of focus) -- which means they had nothing to fear from me. Not knowing anything about how fences work, the pair scrambled their kids into the brush and then tried to decoy me to other parts of the sparse pond -- two weeks of dry weather have dried up many of the watering holes.