I pointed out in my last blog entry that I almost always find White-faced Ibis where I find American Avocets. I should also have noted that wherever I find Ibis and Avocets I also find Black-Necked Stilts. The three seem almost inseparable.
We saw this Black-necked Stilt nesting in the same area where we first saw avocets as we entered the refuge.
This year there seemed to be more Black-necked Stilts than Avocets at Bear River, and I found it just as hard to resist taking pictures of them as I did of taking pictures of Avocets. And as you probably already know, I have a hard time resisting reflections in the water.
Though they lack the Avocets soft orange plumage and curved bill, I love their spindly legs that must have given them their name.
Although generally seen foraging in shallow water, large numbers of them were in drier areas, too.
Though they lack the striking colors of Avocets and White-faced Ibis, I can’t resist the charm of this spindly wader.