While at Matagorda Beach taking images of the Burrowing Owl, I discovered a large flock of American Avocets feeding in a shallow tidal pool. The Avocet is a long-legged, elegant wader that glides through the swallow waters swishing its slender upturned bill side to side to catch aquatic invetebrates. Normally, during the winter they are white with black wings, but come summer, their head and neck turn a rust color. I caught these three doing a graceful, synchronized routine while feeding along the shoreline.
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