One American Avocet, click to enlarge

One American Avocet

One, by himself in open water. Avocet are flocking birds, not large groups, but I rarely see one alone.

One American Avocet, click to enlarge
One American Avocet, click to enlarge

American Avocet measures 40–51 cm (16–20 in) in length, has a wingspan of 68–76 cm (27–30 in) and weighs 275–420 g (9.7–14.8 oz) The bill is black, pointed, and curved slightly upwards towards the tip.

One American Avocet, click to enlarge
One American Avocet, click to enlarge
One American Avocet, click to enlarge
One American Avocet, click to enlarge

They look delicate, but I assume they are not living out here in these marshes.

One American Avocet, click to enlarge
One American Avocet, click to enlarge

I had never even heard of this bird until moving to the southern coast. Only the Stilt is as graceful and elegant. Unfortunately my photographs of Stilts this day were all in full sun and glare.

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