(Pied) Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta

Pied Avocet
Young Avocet
Avocet
The Avocet, also called the Pied/Eurasian Avocet, is a black and white wader with a distinctive up-curved bill. It is named after European advocates' (lawyers') black caps.
Avocets with eggs
Avocets on nest
Avocet pair on nest with eggs
Avocet
Breeding in temperate Europe through to Central Asia, most winter in Africa/India but some remain resident.
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Avocets
After becoming extinct in the UK, it recolonised UK saltmarshes in the latter half of 20th century (and became the symbol of bird protection charity RSPB).
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Typical foraging method of swaying bill from side to side
Young Avocets
Avocet
Young Avocets with some dark brown plumage remaining
Avocet in flight Flight
Avocet chick
Avocet chick
Avocet chick
Fluffy, independent avocet chick
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Avocet chick
Avocet chick