The American Avocet is a tall, statuesque shorebird. In breeding season, its head, neck, and breast feathers turn from white to a rusty orange. We had the great good fortune to photograph hundreds of them as they searched the Beacon Bayou that flows into the Gulf at Bolivar Flats for tiny fish and other tasty bits. On our last morning, they concentrated near the mouth and seemed satisfied with the availability of food there, only occasionally lifting off, then immediately returning. They marched through the water, some stopping to bathe enthusiastically while others searched for food, and some preened, and others stood on one leg and snoozed. This bird took a moment to strut on shore.

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