Summer is fading fast and that means the american avocet will soon leave the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge for another winter season. A fascinating bird with it’s quirky behaviors, especially during its spring mating rituals and nesting season where they often times find themselves in silly but yet entertaining territory squabbles with their neighbors.
Photographing them is a long time passion of mine. They make great subjects to photograph. They always put on a show with their quirky antics or will often just casually pose for the camera.
My recent trips to the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge have found a few american avocets willing to pose for the camera. I can only assume these to be juvenile avocets but either way it is always a thrill to find one willing to ham it up for the camera.
I will surely miss these beautiful birds as another fall and winter season approaches. I have seen small bands of them out on the refuge as late as the week before Christmas, standing on ice in sub freezing temperatures. I wondered what kept them there that late in the year as the majority of them seem to move on and migrate south well before the extreme colder weather approaches.
Whatever the reason I find them always to be a delight to observe and photograph.