Category Archives: Shore Birds

American Avocet

The colors and upturned bill makes the American Avocet an easy ID.

American Avocets

Getting a good photograph across the mud flats of this impoundment at Bear Island Wildlife Management area was another story.

American Avocet – click photo for larger view

This single one ventured closer to the edge, co-mingling with Plovers, Sanderlings, Willets and the other shore birds working the shallow water.

Shore Birds Working the Mud Flats

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC, 4/26/2017.

Black-necked Stilt

It’s easy to see how this bird got its name. The Black-necked Stilt is a shore bird that has thin and delicate legs, giving the it an awkward looking walk.

Black-necked Stilt
Black-necked Stilt – click image for larger view

This was my first sighting of a Stilt and I was quite impressed with his colors and precise movements.

Black-necked Stilt
Black-necked Stilt – click image for larger view

He went back and forth along the edge of the tidal water, poking and prodding as he went.

Black-necked Stilt
Black-necked Stilt  – click image for larger view

Even more striking when flying, I saw several groups of two and three zipping by without getting an in flight shot. This take off shot and shadow will have do for today.

Black-necked Stilt
Black-necked Stilt – click image for larger view

This turned out to be just a short hop to a new lunch spot.

Black-necked Stilt
Black-necked Stilt – click image for larger view

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