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Recurvirostra avosetta


The avocet, a.k.a. Pied avocet is a large black and white wader. It stands about 40 to 45 cm tall, and is boldly coloured - the base is bright white, and they sport black cap, black wing patches grey-blue legs. The main feature is a long, thin and upward turned black bill. Male and female are similar. Juveniles are portrayed on pic N° 4 (and N° 3 too, on the left). They are usually seen in large groups (pic N° 6).


This July, we observed them twice, both times in protected saline marshes of Morbihan bay, Brittany. We had better view in Suscinio marshes, where we observed the flock in a company of terns - here we also observed young ones too. In marshes of Sené (pic N° 6), there were more species, but he view on them was somewhat impaired, and from far away.

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Zlatan Celebic
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Zlatan Celebic

Sarzeau, Bretagne, France

Spotted on Jul 15, 2020
Submitted on Aug 5, 2020

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