American Avocets

March 18, 2021



American Avocets are common visitors to our marshes, wintering here but leaving for inland breeding grounds before summer arrives.  I saw a group at Prime Hook Refuge recently, too far away to photograph and also in very unflattering light.  I searched back through old photography files and found a couple of photographs of them to share. They are very distinctive and beautiful birds with an eye catching feeding process. They feed, often as a group seemingly in unison, by sweeping their bills side to side in shallow water as they walk.  I love watching it, it is very dance-like.  I can almost hear the Planet Earth music playing when I watch it.

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