26 June 2013

iSpot of the day: Avocet on Long Beach

This beautiful photograph of a Pied Avocet was taken by Sally and posted on iSpot this morning. View her iSpot observation here.
These waterbirds are relatives of the plovers and are long-legged surface feeders, obviosly exploiting slightly deeper waters than their less leggy relatives. It uses its beak to strain the water for insects with a sideways sweeping action.
More about the avocet on Biodiversity Explorer.

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Info from my best bird book, Birdlife in southern Africa by Kenneth Newman (Macmillan 1979).

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