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American Avocets Muckin' Around... | by Jeff Dyck
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American Avocets Muckin' Around...

After a run of 5 straight weeks without a whole day away from work (around our annual maintenance shutdown), I was very happy to take a long weekend off and "get the heck out of Dodge..." My friends John, Ed and I headed to Oak Hammock Marsh (near Stonewall, Manitoba - for my American friends, that's about 3 hours straight north from Grand Forks, North Dakota) for a weekend of birding and photography. After the gale-force winds on Saturday settled down, the birds came out in numbers and made for a great weekend.

 

We photographed these American Avocets bright and early Sunday morning - we were set-up in "quick blinds" by 5:30am with the rising sun at our backs to catch the early light. The birds were sleeping when we first set-up, but after they awoke, they got into a bit of a squabble.

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Taken on May 15, 2011