American Avocet – Bear River National Wildlife Refuge: Bear River NWR is one of the best places I have found to photograph avocets. This Avocet (top photo) was photographed within fifteen of the road that leads to the refuge entrance. High water pushed many of the birds close to the road this year making them easy to photograph.
Because much of the birds nesting habitat was submerged some avocets nested right up to black-top on the gravel shoulder (bottom photo). I saw this bird as I drove along the road. After seeing it, I turned by van around and pulled the driver side along the edge of the black-top and stopped right beside the bird. Confident in its camouflage the avocet set perfectly still. I shot a burst of four images then pulled away leaving the avocet to its incubation duties.
Top Photo: Nikon D7000, Nikkor 500mm f4 ED ifvr, 1/800 sec. @ f6.3, Handheld on beanbag
Bottom Photo: Nikon D3, Nikkor 24-85mm, Exposure 1/1,250 sec. @ f5.6, Handheld