Friday’s Feathered Friends- Waders

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This week’s theme for Lisa’s weekly Bird challenge is Waders.  In April and May, I was looking for them but saw only a few here, but they’re a pretty few.

American Avocets in breeding plumage:

American Avocets

Black-necked Stilt- I think this one is a male. I love their pink legs! I think they look fancy and classic with their black and white feathers and pink legs. Also, they have the sweetest big eyes!

Black-necked Stilt

and a White-faced Ibis- in breeding plumage:  It was the only one in the pond. I see a good size flock of them flyover every morning and evening but have no idea where they go or come from. I hope to find the flock one day.

White-faced Ibis

Now that we’re in Summer many of the migrating birds are gone like these waders. I look forward to their return in the winter and spring.

We’ve been having some hot and windy days with thunder a couple of days which brought lightning along and now there are a couple of bush fires in the area we’re watching. It’s supposed to cool down on Sunday but the wind isn’t going anywhere soon.

I hope you’ve had a good week, and your week-end is a good one too!

Fuji X-T3| Fujinon 100-400mm| PS CC 21.2

more to come…

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46 thoughts on “Friday’s Feathered Friends- Waders

    1. Thank you so much, Denise! You don’t have them there?
      I will strive to not take them for granted if you don’t as I have seen them every winter/spring for so many years that have become common to me. I need to get over that and love and find the wonder in them every season.

  1. Awesome captures, Deborah. I love the long pointed beaks of these types of birds. I’m looking forward to seeing some at the beach this next week.

  2. They really are such pretty birds, aren’t they? I seem to remember a few years ago a single Ibis turned up around here and birders got very excited about it.
    Stay safe!

    1. They are pretty. I look forward to seeing them every year. A rare bird in the area is exciting! A friend and I drove 5 hours to see a Vermilion Flycatcher that wasn’t supposed to be up in north central Calif. He was a beauty and worth the drive!

      1. Birders do that here, too, drive for hours to see a bird. 🙂 I can see that it would be worth the drive.

  3. Deborah, Ever since I began following you and your blog I stop and pay more attention to birds. Your photos are exquisite how you capture the fine detail. Pink legs, big eyes, a unique bird. They all are unique in many ways. Beautiful photos! Good luck with the bush fires. 💕

  4. Wonderful photos this week and a great set of waders. We see the white face black ibises rarely but there is usually one in the flock that comes in during spring migration. 💜

  5. Your photographs here are wonderful, Deborah. Very fortunate to capture the avocets and ibis in their breeding plumage, doesn’t happen too often. Wonderful post.

  6. Great photos, Deborah. I love the reflections. I think I have to go with the Stilt as a favorite, although they are all good looking birds. He looks like he’s ready for a formal affair. OR, maybe he’s just trying to impress the ladies. I hope your weather settles a bit. Brush fires are never good.

    We are hot and dry here. It hasn’t rained in over two weeks and it’s been in the 90’s the entire time. Not the June I was hoping for.

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

    1. I love the Black-necked Stilts too. They are fancy. Probably trying to impress the females no doubt with their black feathers. The females are more brown than black.

      What’s your dew point? Is it terribly humid too? My mom said it’s just awful right now in FL with heat and humidity. I’m grateful for dry heat!

      1. The humidity has been 95-99% for two weeks, it’s just gross outside. We’ve had a couple of drier days lately. Today, we have thunderstorms in the forecast. Maybe the moisture is going to come down.

    1. I just looked at the ranges of these guys and no you don’t see them up there. The Stilt goes to your wintering place in the summer. In Silicon Valley and the Central Valley all three of these guys are common, but maybe not so much here so I won’t be taking them for granted!

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