Tres Amigos

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.

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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.

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Though they lack the Avocets soft orange plumage and curved bill, I love their spindly legs that must have given them their name.

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Although generally seen foraging in shallow water, large numbers of them were in drier areas, too

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Though they lack the striking colors of Avocets and White-faced Ibis, I can’t resist the charm of this spindly wader.

One thought on “Tres Amigos

  1. Love seeing this Black-Necked Stilt. They are such beauties. I saw one once many years ago at Elkhorn Slough in Monterey County, Ca. Now I wonder if there may have been Avocets and White-face Ibis with it that I missed.

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