Tuesday, September 4, 2012

American Avocets

I am linking up with Wild Bird Wednesday and Nature Notes



The American Avocet  is a shorebird that nest colonially or singly on freshwater lakes. Avocets search for larvae and other food by sweeping their bill along the waters surface.  The breeding male has black and white wings and a burned orangy head and neck. The female has more of an off white or gray  head and neck.




I hope you enjoyed my American Avocets from the Bombay Hook National wildlife refuge.



To see more beautiful birds and nature photos please visit Stewart's Wild Bird Wednesdayand Nature Notes

 Thanks to Stewart the host of Wild Bird Wednesday and thanks to Michelle the host of Nature Notes. Also, thank you for stopping by to see my post. Happy Birding and I hope the rest of your week is great.

49 comments:

  1. these birds and the stilts are such cool-looking birds to me. :)

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  2. Hi Eileen, I can't remember if I came by already but just in case I haven't, what a lovely selection for us again. I do so enjoy your bird photos.

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  3. how beautiful to see these waterbirds en-masse

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  4. Great photos of the Avocets and fantastic to see a flock of them like that.

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  5. TexWis girl hit it on the nose-birds on stilts--how funny!
    You found the mother lode there. I was lucky to see a few pairs.

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  6. ah, your beautiful Avocet. They are more colorful then the european one. We usually have some in the southern part of Sweden. They never come to where I live. It is too far north.

    re the Guillemot. Acc to wikipedia it sithe same as Murre. But I´m no expert so there are probably local differencies.

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  7. That first shot is so cool- they are busy catching supper!

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  8. awesome shots!! Just fabulous!!

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  9. Great photos, fantastic place and lovely birds, love the photo number one =)

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  10. Hi Eileen...That is quite the gathering of Avocets...I like the first one they almost mirror each other!!
    Your previous post was awesome to see!!
    Grace

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  11. Oh yes I really enjoyed your post. LIke the shorebirds very much!! Great header to :)

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  12. Great shots of the American Avocets Eileen! It's fun to watch them in a flock as they feed with that back and forth motion of their beaks skimming the water for those aquatic invertebrates.

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  13. Love their markings and there are so many of them!

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  14. The avocets look like fun birds to watch. I enjoyed your shots so much.

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  15. I love your header Eileen with those egrets, so pretty and these avocets are so fascinating...we don't get them here...your nature reserves sure get some amazing birding.

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  16. I really like the American Avocet a lot. Beautiful birds to see along the ocean or in and around ponds of water. We have them here in Tucson once and awhile.

    I'm back with a major mission accomplished and I can rest mentally now that I've satisfied the goal. Do you ever have that internal need to find that shot/animal so much that you can't sleep until you find it? That was me yesterday! But I can sleep now ....although the bug bites were pretty bad. But those will go away. Hope you had a great 3 day weekend. Chris

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  17. Hi, Just wanted to drop by and say HELLO. It's been a busy week/month --and just gonna get busier.

    Love the little Avocets, Eileen... Such pretty little shorebirds.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  18. GReat captures of thes lovely shorebirds.

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  19. I love your Avocets.
    Your first photo of the synchronized fishing and the reflections is just beautiful.

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  20. Wow, that is a lot of Avocets! I have never seen them.

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  21. Das erste Bild ist ja so wizig, wie Zwillinge...

    Lieben Gruß
    CL

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  22. Funny how they're all bunched so tightly together when there's so much open water. Must be a particularly good spot for feeding.

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  23. In that first shot they are really purpose minded aren't they.
    Nice shots and wonderful info as always Eileen!

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  24. Nice pictures you show.
    Wish you a good day :)
    Hanne Bente

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  25. I certainly did enjoy myself, the Avocet is a superb bird, thanks Eileen.

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  26. Hi there - thanks for the visit to WBW.

    Always nice to see avocets!

    Stewart M - Australia

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  27. I love these shots - especially the one with ALL of them together. Great! Have a great day!

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  28. Amazind pic.Eillen!Have a nice day!

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  29. Fantastic photos! How cool to see so many together.

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  30. These are great birds. Sometimes children will run at the flocks and I am able to catch them flying off.

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  31. Nice to see so many birds at the same time! But I love your egrets, both in the last picture and in the header!
    Greetings Pia in Sweden

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  32. Wonderful photos from these birds in there natural background. So lovely !

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  33. Wow, so many in a pile! They are very neat birds.

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  34. Hi, Eileen,
    It's been a while since my last visit - sorry! As usually love your photos. They make me miss sea:)
    Happy Wednesday!

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  35. I love your bird photos and great info on the American Avocet!

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  36. Great birdphotos as usual! Interesting information about the birds too. Thank you!

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  37. I love the header Eileen! I have never seen these birds and was happy to learn about them and the words 'wildlife refuge' always make me smile..Michelle

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  38. Love the first shot of the matched pair!

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  39. Fantastic shots of the American Avocets with the Egrets. Really nice to see.

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  40. These are great, especially like that first one with the pair in unison.

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  41. WOW! They sure do like each other's company!

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  42. Avocets - one of my favourite bird species, I think they are so elegant. Thanks for sharing :)

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  43. Just to be able to see one Avocet would be great beautiful photos.

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  44. avocets are such beautiful elegant birds...

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  45. CUTE!! i love how they look...with that racing stripe down their sides!

    happy friday!!

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  46. These are fantastic! I absolutely love your first photo! That's just beautiful!

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  47. Love those avocets,Eileen! I get a kick out of that contrarian sunflower!

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