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 Avocets

 

This is one of two Avocet chicks we discovered to our delight in the Martinez wildlife preserve.

 

Both of the chicks crossing to the other side of the pond. They are probably just a couple of weeks old.

 

Practicing its latest Karate kick.

 

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 Mom stays close to  her two chicks. (Female's  beak has an upward tilt at the end)

Whenever a  potential predator approaches the parent calls out to warn the mate and the chicks. 

 

   The male's beak is longer than the female's and only slightly curved.  

Avocet in a hurry

 

This is the lone surviving  Avocet chick about a week after our first sighting.

 

Both Avocet parents were watching over their young ones

 

 

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In the same vicinity we found this group of avocets.

 

 

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Avocets in winter

 

 

A beautiful Avocet couple

 

 

Avocet in winter plumage

 

 

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Avocet in winter plumage

   

Avocet in transition to breeding plumage

 

 

Resting Avocet

   
 

       
         
         
         
         
         
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Last modified: July 22, 2012