Monday, March 17, 2014

American Avocet

As predicted, fog descended upon Rockport, Texas, on 19 February. Erika and I walked the Rockport beach. I was not too concerned, because adverse weather conditions occasionally result in interesting photographs. Almost immediately we spied a large flock of basic (winter) plumaged American Avocets.  How different these birds are from the bright birds John Holden and I saw last May in South Dakota.

Avocets get their name from the Italian word “avocetta,” which means graceful bird (Ackerman et al. 2013). American Avocets breed in freshwater wetlands in our interior west. They winter in freshwater and brackish waters of the southern United States and Mexico.

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