A pair of American Avocets has chosen one of my favorite small wetlands for their winter home. Still in formal winter dress, they spend their days sweeping their long thin upturned beaks through shallow water until they find crustaceans to pluck up and consume. Recently, I reached out with my lens to capture these images.
As the sun slipped through a cloud-spattered sky toward the horizon, I found the pair involved in bathing and grooming rituals. Lured by their elegant beauty and graceful movements, I observed them from afar. They splashed,
fluffed their chic feathers,
and leapt into the air before settling near each other again.
In all the time I studied them they remained together. I hope they stay long enough to don their bronze gazelle-like breeding plumage before flying north. Even so, their elegant grace is a joy and wonder to behold.