The Bird Weekly Photo Challenge this week is birds whose names start with an ‘a’. I’m sharing photos of American Avocets I took in the spring and fall.
I saw these two avocets in April during the Harney County Migratory Bird Festival. These flooded fields are north of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, near Burns, Oregon.
The Migratory Bird Festival was cancelled this year so I had to look in my archives for these photos. One of my favorite field trips in past years was the Circling Steens Mountain Tour. Lots of opportunities to see birds of the shore, fields, and mountains.
Avocets look much different in the fall. Their cinnamon-colored plumage fades to black and white.
I saw these avocets in November at Summer Lake Wildlife Area in Central Oregon. Can you see the dust storms in the distance? I have featured Summer Lake in several past posts. It’s a great place to see waterfowl, shorebirds, and songbirds.
Bird Weekly Photo Challenge (BWPC) – Birds starting with an ‘a’
7 thoughts on “Avocets in the Spring & Fall: BWPC”
I’m glad you mentioned the change in the plumage. I was going to add that info but didn’t. I’ve only ever seen them in the spring. Great to see them in their fall colors. 😊
Your photos are great of this graceful species! They’re still pretty in the fall and winter but I miss that dash of cinnamon color. 😉
Thank you! 🙂
Avocets are such graceful birds, and your photos of them both up close and as part of the landscape really shows that off beautifully Siobhan.
Thanks! Wish I would have had a long lens, but the pictures show them as part of the environment.
I am glad your photos are showing the landscape and its enviroment. Beautiful birds!
Thanks! They are a pretty bird.