American Avocet – Pawnee National Grasslands, Grover, Colorado: In winter American Avocets gather in the tens of thousands along the gulf coast, but as spring arrives these shorebirds wing north to the central prairies to nest and rear young. This avocet and its mate established a breeding territory on the Pawnee Grasslands just south of Grover, Colorado. I photographed this bird feeding in runoff ponds that straddled a county road. This image was shot as it flew from one side of the road to the other. Typically the avocet wades through water shifting its upturned bill left and right snatching-up insect larva.
Nikon D300, 500mm f4, Digital Capture ISO200