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American Avocets

I had to peek between the tall reeds around the pond  to get a limited view but it was still fun to watch these American Avocets feed.

American Avocets
American Avocets

Most of what they eat is very small so they have to spend a lot of time at it, methodically working back and forth.

American Avocets
American Avocets

These two made a striking sight across the pond, just standing around in the grass stubble.

American Avocets
American Avocets

American Avocet Group

A quartet of American Avocets worked their way back and forth in the shallow water, feeding as they went.

American Avocets Feeding
American Avocets Feeding

The early morning light was behind them creating reflections in the still water.

American Avocets Feeding
American Avocets Feeding

Avocets eat little bits of things they find probing in the mud, generally unidentifiable bits from the photographer’s vantagepoint.

American Avocets Feeding
American Avocets Feeding

American Avocets

I watched a group of American Avocets milling around in a shallow pond, some wading and some flying in small hops following whatever they were feeding on.

American Avocets American Avocets

Two did fly by fairly close to me and I hoped they would land for a close up shot, but they kept right on going to the other side of the pond.

American Avocets in Flight American Avocets in Flight

Another group landed a bit closer, then waded out of view.

American Avocets in Flight American Avocets in Flight

Taken 2/25/2019

American Avocets Don’t Want to Be Lunch

On a recent visit to Bear Island Wildlife Management area a few small flocks of American Avocets were feeding in some of the shallow impoundments. The one on the left below with the pretty brown head is displaying breeding colors while the white one on the right is non-breeding.

American Avocets
American Avocets

Several Bald Eagles are nesting in the area and one had just had an unsuccessful dive at the other end of this impoundment. When the Eagle soared over the Avocets took off in a panic.

American Avocets
American Avocets

Once in the air they tried to group together.

American Avocets
American Avocets in flight

The Eagle didn’t pursue them but they didn’t wait around to find out.

American Avocets
American Avocets in flight

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