American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) is a large wader in the avocet and stilt family, Recurvirostridae. This avocet has long, thin, gray legs, giving it its colloquial name, "blue shanks". The plumage is black and white on the back with white on the underbelly. The neck and head are cinnamon colored in the summer and gray in the winter. The long, thin bill is upturned at the end.

American Avocets Photograph by Brian Wolitski, My Shot American avocet pair, nest building in the low light of late evening

American Avocet

American Avocet

Tienes la libertad de ser uno mismo, tu verdadero ser, aquí y ahora, y nada puede interponerse en su camino. "Juan Salvador Gaviota  (Richard Bach)   (via 500px / Seagull by Kevin Rocha)

Affectionately, we call these birds "peanut butter & jelly birds", because one like this swiped a p sandwich out of my 3 year olds hands!

Colorful Bird s | Stunning black and white shorebirds

27 + Beautiful and Colorful Bird Types from Around the World that You Should Know

charadriinae   le pluvier egyptian plover in gambia collection oiseau bird

charadriinae le pluvier egyptian plover in gambia collection oiseau bird

Vintage Silhouette Shorebirds | wildfowl-carving.com

Vintage Silhouette Shorebirds | wildfowl-carving.com

Lining up for a parade?

Lining up for a parade?

Cordova Shorebird Pictures

Cordova Shorebird Pictures

Shorebird migration on the Copper River Delta, Chugach National Forest, Cordova, Alaska.

Brown Pelican, by Craig Royal. Prints available. #birds #pelican #photography

Brown Pelican, by Craig Royal. the east coast variety available on texas coast

Beaches are closed to protect a rapidly-declining population of migrating shorebirds including the red knot which is an endangered species

I would love to have a sandpiper tattoo! They're like cute little awkward sparrows that flitter around everywhere. Sandpipers make me happy :)

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