An Adult American Avocet in its breeding plumage

Adult American Avocet in its breeding plumageAdult American Avocet in its breeding plumage – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/3200, ISO 640, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

Three days ago I saw my first of the season American Avocets flying over the causeway to Antelope Island State Park and I let out a gleeful “whoop”! There were four of them flying quickly towards the south and not one of them made a sound. Soon there will be thousands of American Avocets lining the shoreline of the causeway, and the other locations in the Great Salt Lake ecosystem that appeals to them.

The American Avocet above is in breeding plumage, I photographed it on the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge auto tour route in April of 2012. There is plenty for the avocets to eat at the refuge and there are brine flies to dine on in the Great Salt Lake.

These elegant shore birds always delight me but truthfully shorebirds always do.


P.S. I’ll be on the road for a bit, please feel free to share this post with your friends and family.


  1. Sally Wood March 12, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Some very lovely color and marking on that bird.

  2. Jolanta March 12, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Fabulous photo! Beautiful bird!

  3. Wally March 12, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Spectacular photograph, Mia! We usually only see them during migration and they’re dressed in their drab winter plumage.

  4. Elephant's Child March 12, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Gorgeous elegant harbinger of spring.

  5. Jane Chesebrough March 12, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    This is such a beautiful bird, always enjoy seeing photos of this one as well as the real thing!

  6. Patty Chadwick March 12, 2014 at 8:48 am

    What a GREAT capture!!! One of best of this bird I’ve seen! Love it…AND what it implies!!! Congratulations and think SPRING!!!

  7. Montanagirl March 12, 2014 at 6:45 am

    Very pretty. We get them up here in NE Montana too.

  8. Julie Brown March 12, 2014 at 4:30 am

    I like the warm brown head and neck. They truly are very handsome birds.

  9. Bob Bushell March 12, 2014 at 4:06 am

    Beautiful, whoopee. Thanks Mia.

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