Wintering American Avocets

Today’s post is a short break from the Whooping Crane posts, but the Whoopers will be back!

A lot of other birds were active on the Aransas NWR, including this group of American Avocets, sporting their winter plumage coats. During a flyby before landing, it was really great to watch them flying by in tight formation and in a synchronous fashion:

American Avocets in flight

After a couple of passes, the group landed in the pool in front of us and began foraging in the pool:

American Avocets foraging

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark III body
  • Canon 500mm, f/4 IS lens + Canon 1.4x TC convertor (resulting in focal length of 700 mm)
  • Bogen 3221 tripod with Wimberly gimbal head
  • ISO 800 (top image), ISO 3200 (bottom image)
  • Aperture f/5.6 (all images)
  • Shutter 1/320 sec. (top image), 1/800 sec. (bottom image)



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