American Avocet, Recurvirostra americana: Bear River Bird Sanctuary; Brigham, UtahNesting season for the American Avocet is in full swing at the Bear River Bird Sanctuary near Brigham, Utah. I photographed this avocet on its nest at the refuge's entrance. A colony of a dozen birds or so are incubating eggs, and squabbling over each of their small patches of territory. Avocets build shallow nest and lay 3-4 greenish brown, irregularly spotted eggs. Chicks leave the nest within 24 hours of hatching. Avocets and Stilts are elegant birds. I can photograph them for hours and never be bored.
Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/400 sec. @ f 7.1