American Avocet, (Recurvirostra americana) As A Wild Bird

Avocet non-breeding plumage
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This photo was taken late March of this year and many birds were still in just black and white. For courting and breeding the necks and chest acquire a rusty or tan color.

They really seem to enjoy their mud-flats.


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Avocet in breeding plumage (Recurvirostra americana)
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This view shows the extent of the buff coloring avocets acquire on neck and chest in the breeding season. They stand about 15 to 20 inches tall and Wikipedia external link has more info on these birds if you're interested.


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Breeding pair of Avocets
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Taken Early May, they are guarding a nest and looking lovely. Maybe next trip out there I can get a shot of some Avocet chicks.


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American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana)
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A female avocet sits on her eggs. When the tide comes in this nest will barely be above the water. external link


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