Nonbreeding American Avocet foraging at Bear River MBR

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Nonbreeding American Avocet foragingNonbreeding American Avocet foraging – Nikon D810, f8, 1/1600, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

August is a great time to see American Avocets at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge because they have finished their breeding season and there are thousands of adults and juveniles around. The American Avocets look a bit different now than they did earlier in the year because they are now in their paler, less colorful nonbreeding plumage.

I photographed this nonbreeding American Avocet foraging last August from the auto tour loop at the refuge and loved the blue water and the great reflection of the avocet’s face on it. I hope to photograph more of these beautiful shorebirds before they migrate to warmer climes.

Life is good.



  1. Elephant's Child August 1, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Love that reflection.

  2. Wally August 1, 2016 at 11:56 am

    Wonderful photograph of a really beautiful bird.

  3. Pepe Forte August 1, 2016 at 11:03 am

    Just fabulous, Mia. Your images make my day.

  4. Patty Chadwick August 1, 2016 at 9:19 am

    What a beautiful, graceful bird! Love the soft colors, the reflection and the ripples in still water…..

  5. Jo Smith August 1, 2016 at 8:05 am

    Lovely capture of one of my favorites.

  6. Bob McPherson August 1, 2016 at 7:15 am

    Beautiful images, Mia.

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