Avocet - Recurvirostra avosetta

Pictures - John Foss

This graceful bird inhabits coastal lagoons and estuaries feeding on worms and aquatic insects by sweeping its elegant up-curved bill from side to side in the water. The specimens on this page were photographed at the salinas (saltpans) at Cabanas de Tavira.





Avocet taking off


Avocet gliding


Avocet at rest

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