American Avocets at rest in the Great Salt Lake

American Avocets at restAmerican Avocets at rest – Nikon D200, f6.3, 1/800, ISO 200, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light

The first time I went to Antelope Island State Park was on July 28, 2008 and among the wonderful things that I saw and photographed that trip were hundreds of American Avocets along the causeway to the island. The American Avocet photo above was one of the first images I took on that first visit to what has now become one of my favorite locations to photograph birds and wildlife. The avocets were resting in the shallow water along the shoreline and the island itself is reflected above the blue of the water.

Who couldn’t help but fall in love with Antelope Island?

I know I couldn’t resist.


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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. Mia, I also fell in love with Antelope island the first time I went there as well! I love this shot and this species!

  2. You are definitely luck to have such a great spot to go photograph!

  3. No, I couldn’t resist either. And am so glad you didn’t.

  4. Incredible, Mia!

    The reflection of the island picks up that salmon color of the Avocets and the whole thing is a work of art! (Okay, a work of Mia.)

    Yep, I see why you’re in love with the area.

  5. Beautiful Avocets!
    you know I love the island. But I haven’t seen you there for a long time. Or am I just looking the other way?
    I got hooked when we went to a Balloon fest and a small herd of pronghorn ran across the road in front of us.
    For us it’s only been two years now.
    Always look forward to your photos, Mia!

  6. We’re lucky enough to be located near a system of reservoirs that provide water to New York City (frustratingly out of bounds for those of us who live near them). For some reason they serve as a “staging” area for migrating swans. Seeing them in such numbers always amazes me…must be a similar feeling to seeing all those avocets..

  7. Well, I fell in love with Antelope Island and am pining to go back! Lovely and peaceful, with beautiful light and colors. I like reflections and the layers in this image.

  8. We have been to Antelope Island just once, when visiting our kids in Utah. We really enjoyed seeing it.

  9. Wonderful shot of the Avocets, Mia! Looks like a beautiful place to bird. Have a happy day!

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