Tuesday, February 9, 2010

American Avocet

One of my goals for the past year or so has been to build a website to go along with the blog. My hope is that when it is finished the website will become a resource for birders and naturalists. I plan to have as many different pictures of each species as possible, pictures at different angles, in different lighting, different times of the year and varying stages of development, so that it can help people to make identifications. So I have been pouring through pictures, cutting them into a standard size and then organizing them in preparation. While going through California pics, that I took in 2007, I found a couple of pics that I never published in the blog and I decided that this would be as good a time as any. I photographed this American avocet at the Elkhorn Slough located near Monterey Bay, CA in February of 2007.
The first pic from California would be an example of an American avocet in its winter plumage. This second photo was taken in May of 2007 at the Medicine Lake NWR in Montana. This is an example of an American avocet in breeding plumage. This would be an example of the type of differences that I hope to illustrate through my photos when I eventually get the website up and running.


Peggy said...

Both are gorgeous! What an interesting bird! I'm hoping to get a photo when I go to Utah on friday!

Frostbite and Sunburn said...

That's a great idea for a site, with the different looks of the birds through breeding, seasons and stages of development. Most books I see are very one-dimensional.

Great shots - he looks proud but demure!

Unknown said...

The American Avocet became my favorite bird almost a year ago on our Northern California trip -- saw one at the Berkeley marina and was hooked, then saw dozens in the Arcata/Eureka area, transitioning from winter to breeding plumage. Beautiful bird, indeed.

Bestemor Drillo said...

Great shots !
Have a nice WW.

Jim said...

Great bird shots.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

KaHolly said...

That would be great! Nice comparisons, super photos. Looking forward to it! ~karen

eileeninmd said...

The American Avocet is a beautiful during any time of the year. Nice comparison shots.

Anonymous said...

Such an unmistakeable bird - lovely shots!

2sweetnsaxy said...

These are beautiful! Good luck with the website. Sounds like one I would be referring to because I know very little about birds and I'm always trying to identify one. I think I have one of the 2nd bird.

Quilt Works said...

What wonderful birds! I love how they are chests are so proud!

...moments before sunset

Carolyn Ford said...

Absolutely an example of nature's finest creations! Your captures are so beautiful.

Victoria Tsavdaridou said...

Very sharp photo!!!

Judy said...

I wouldn't have guessed they were the same bird!

Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

Very cool looking birds!
Nice photos and site.

Nishant said...

Great shots - he looks proud but demure!

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