Always expect the unexpected!! It’s always a happy surprise when new birds fly into a usual spot causing quite a bit of excitement! I’ve been Avocets in the summer in their breeding plumage on the islands - I’ve never seen them in their non breeding plumage - so a new sight for me! These are very shy birds who stay away from people - they chose to rest on a busy beach which wasn’t the best choice as everything from dogs, children and skim boards made them fly back and forth and I was able to get a few flight shots in! Have a wonderful week - for my US friends - stay warm I hear it’s going to be cold! ❄️ 🐧 In response to predators, they sometimes issues a series of call notes that gradually changes pitch, simulating the Doppler effect and thus making its approach seem faster than it actually is.
🐧Nesting American Avocets aggressively attack predators, sometimes physically striking Northern Harriers and Common Ravens.
🐧Their chicks leave the nest within 24 hours after hatching. Day-old avocets can walk, swim, and even dive to escape predators.
🐧Their nests are depressions on the sand or platforms of grass on mudflats. Should the water level rise, the breeding pair will raise the nest up to a foot or more with sticks, weeds, bones and feathers to keep the eggs above water.
🐧 The most distinctive feature on the body of avocet is its long, upward curled beak.
🐧Males have slightly longer beaks than females.
🐧Unusual beak is specific adaptation to the life in swampy areas. When searching for food, avocet relies on the eyesight. As soon as the prey is located, avocet will sweep its long beak through the water to grab it.
🐧Besides the beak, avocets have webbed feet and very long, slender legs which facilitate walking through the shallow water.
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