Portrait of an American Avocet

If there was one thing I could say about myself is I love bird photography and out of all the various aspects of bird photography there is nothing I like better than a nice portrait of a bird. I relish at each and every chance I get to photograph a bird, any bird for that matter, in a nice pose and capturing its elegance and beauty.

Last week on the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge I had another opportunity to try and capture some portraits of one of my favorite summer refuge visitors, the american avocet. Common to the refuge but not always easy to get a good close up photograph of these unique and quirky birds.

This day, however, was a bit different. After driving around the refuge auto tour route hoping for and not finding much to photograph this particular morning I came across what appears to be a juvenile american avocet. It sat and posed for quite some time, including one of my favorite shots of them sleeping with head turned backwards on one leg.

I spent 25 minutes or more photographing this handsome fella until he decided it was time to go about his daily chores and search for food. It was one of the rare times I have had an avocet sit and pose for such a long time. Although the shadows of the marshy vegetation in the background were reflecting off the dirty water, adding a slight distraction to the photos, I love how these turned out. Yep, I sure do love taking portraits of birds.

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An american avocet sleeping on the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge.

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American avocet stretching as it sits and poses for the camera.

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An american avocet.

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American avocet on the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge.
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American Avocet.