Saturday, June 16, 2012

Spring on the Slough

There are all sorts of nesting and breeding birds out on Elkhorn Slough this time of year. This mating American Avocet pair is no exception. It is easy to compare a defining characteristic between the male and female in the photo, the female is described as having a more pronouced upward curving beak. These elegant colored birds slide their bills through the soft mud and capture worms or small shrimp that they find by taste. Thanks to passenger Franz Carver for sharing his photo captured while out on Elkhorn Slough Safari this month.

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