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American Avocet Flyby

I was quite surprised to see two American Avocet flying by at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens last week. The big rice field pond has been drained in preparation for repairs and a controlled burn and all sorts of water birds have stopped by.

American Avocet Flying By
American Avocet Flying By

The Avocet are one of my favorite birds with their understated color scheme, graceful posture and elegant beak.

American Avocet Flying By
American Avocet Flying By

The pair looped around me twice but I didn’t get them in the same frame again.

American Avocet Flying By
American Avocet Flying By

And I didn’t see where they landed, or if they just continued on their way.

American Avocet Flying By
American Avocet Flying By

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
November 3, 2022

American Avocet, Blue Pond Reflections

After seeing Colorful Pond Reflections, another corner of the pond the water just reflected the blue sky. Not a bad look for this pair of American Avocets.

American Avocet in Pond with Reflections
American Avocet in Pond with Reflections

They paraded back and forth…

American Avocet in Pond with Reflections
American Avocet in Pond with Reflections

…not in any hurry…

American Avocet in Pond with Reflections
American Avocet in Pond with Reflections

…occasionally probing the mud for a snack.

American Avocet in Pond with Reflections
American Avocet in Pond with Reflections

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC
February 23, 2022

American Avocet, Colorful Pond Reflections

Vegetation on the pond bank made a colorful reflection around a flock of American Avocets as they waded back and forth getting breakfast.

American Avocet
American Avocet in Pond with Reflections

Interestingly, a Bald Eagle was perched in a pine tree on the bank.

American Avocet
American Avocet

I was expecting him to swoop down for his own breakfast, but he eventually flew off the other way.

American Avocet
American Avocet

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC
February 23, 2022

American Avocet Pair

American Avocet are an attractive bird and their method of feeding with that upturned beak is fun to watch. Often they will go back and forth repeatedly in the same area.

American Avocet Pair
American Avocet Pair, blurry photobombing Tree Swallow upper left

On this day they weren’t too interested in showing off themselves or their skills and soon disappeared behind this clump of grass.

American Avocet Pair
American Avocet Pair

American Avocet

American Avocet aren’t the only birds in these images, but I haven’t seen one in awhile so thought I’d give them top billing. And I really like them with their snazzy color scheme.

American Avocet, American White Pelican, Great Egret
American Avocet, American White Pelican, Great Egret

I sure was hoping they would fly closer to my side of the pond.

American Avocet taking off, American White Pelican, Great Egret
American Avocet taking off, American White Pelican, Great Egret

Instead they disappeared on the other side of the marsh.

American Avocet taking off, American White Pelican, Great Egret
American Avocet taking off, American White Pelican, Great Egret

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