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American Avocet
Recurvirostra americana
The American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) nests in wet areas across much of the western United States and parts of western Canada. The species on the coastal areas of the western and southern U.S. and much of Mexico. It is an elegant bird with its upturned bill and striking patterns. The group of resting avocets shown here was at Bowdoin N.W.R., Phillips Co., Montana, in June, 2007.

American Avocet
Recurvirostra americana
group sleeping
Bowdoin N.W.R.,
Phillips Co., Montana
16 June 2007
The next 10 images of American Avocets were taken at Medicine Lake N.W.R., Sheridan Co., Montana, in June, 2007. The images were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and EF 600mm F/4 L IS lens and 1.4X extender. The first 5 shots show a single avocet foraging along the edge of Medicine Lake.

American Avocet
Recurvirostra americana
Medicine Lake N.W.R.,
Sheridan Co., Montana
19 June 2007
American Avocet
Recurvirostra americana
Medicine Lake N.W.R.,
Sheridan Co., Montana
19 June 2007
American Avocet
Recurvirostra americana
Medicine Lake N.W.R.,
Sheridan Co., Montana
19 June 2007
American Avocet
Recurvirostra americana
Medicine Lake N.W.R.,
Sheridan Co., Montana
19 June 2007
American Avocet
Recurvirostra americana
Medicine Lake N.W.R.,
Sheridan Co., Montana
19 June 2007
Although American Avocets are long-legged shorebirds, they can swim and often forage in deep water by "tipping up" much like a dabbling duck. The avocet shown here was having a good bit of success getting morsels in this fashion.

American Avocet
Recurvirostra americana
foraging in deep water
Medicine Lake N.W.R.,
Sheridan Co., Montana
19 June 2007
American Avocet
Recurvirostra americana
foraging in deep water
Medicine Lake N.W.R.,
Sheridan Co., Montana
19 June 2007
American Avocet
Recurvirostra americana
foraging in deep water
Medicine Lake N.W.R.,
Sheridan Co., Montana
19 June 2007
American Avocet
Recurvirostra americana
foraging in deep water
Medicine Lake N.W.R.,
Sheridan Co., Montana
19 June 2007
American Avocet
Recurvirostra americana
foraging in deep water
Medicine Lake N.W.R.,
Sheridan Co., Montana
19 June 2007
The next 5 shots show American Avocets in Basic (winter) plumage at Bolivar Flats, Galveston Co., Texas, in November, 2009. These shots were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and an EF 800mm F/5.6 L IS lens. The two shots of birds in flight were taken at dawn in very early, soft light.

American Avocet
Recurvirostra americana
basic plumage - in flight
Bolivar Flats,
Galveston Co., Texas
1 November 2009
American Avocet
Recurvirostra americana
basic plumage - in flight
Bolivar Flats,
Galveston Co., Texas
1 November 2009
American Avocet
Recurvirostra americana
basic plumage
Bolivar Flats,
Galveston Co., Texas
1 November 2009
American Avocet
Recurvirostra americana
basic plumage
Bolivar Flats,
Galveston Co., Texas
1 November 2009
American Avocet
Recurvirostra americana
basic plumage
Bolivar Flats,
Galveston Co., Texas
1 November 2009
American Avocet
Recurvirostra americana
basic plumage
Port Bolivar,
Galveston Co., Texas
11 December 2013
American Avocet
Recurvirostra americana
Bolivar Flats,
Galveston Co., Texas
28 March 2015
American Avocet
Recurvirostra americana
Bolivar Flats,
Galveston Co., Texas
28 March 2015
American Avocet
Recurvirostra americana
Bolivar Flats,
Galveston Co., Texas
28 March 2015
American Avocet
Recurvirostra americana
Bolivar Flats,
Galveston Co., Texas
28 March 2015