American Avocets on Frank Lake
The past weekend I was able to devote much of my time photographing along the grassy marshes that line the edges of Frank Lake near High River. This lake is a major stopover in Alberta for migrating birds and I was there to check which birds might be there in early spring. One of the open ponds was popular with a few different ducks which drew my attention. I worked my way over near the water edge but then soon forgot about the ducks.
There were a few American Avocets (Recurvirostra americana) fishing in the shallow water. These shorebirds stole the show for me and I spent that evening and came back again on Sunday to enjoy watching and photographing them.
Curious, beautiful and agile the Avocet is a great bird to photograph. I had not been around them before so it was a lot of fun learning some of their habits. I’m excited to get back down there as they start their courtships.
Mark Garbutt, a fellow photographer who I met on the weekend, said their dance is elaborate and wonderful to watch. I hope to be able to see some of these performances in the next couple of weeks.
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Yay! I love the shapes and colors of avocets. I could watch those wacky birds all day. Look at those blue legs!
April 24, 2013 at 5:53 pm
Agreed – they are a lot of fun to watch step, flit, fly and peck their way around a wetland.
May 3, 2013 at 3:26 pm
What an interesting looking bird. I’ve never seen one before. Your photos are beautiful.
April 24, 2013 at 8:39 am