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I was pretty delighted to find a group of eight American Avocets at the park, today. They are incredibly rare in the state of Missouri - if you look at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's bird guide page on them, Missouri isn't even marked on the range map, even for migration.

These are really neat birds. They eat little aquatic invertebrates that hide at the bottom of ponds, lakes, and marshes. The upturned bill is actually really useful in this - they open it slightly, and sweep it back and forth through the water to kick up and catch tasty little critters.

April 24, 2015 - Thousand Hills State Park
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Mallophora Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice shot!!!! :D
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shadowfire-x Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! They were remarkably tolerant. Then again, I was wearing a drab green jacket, and kind of sneaking around so as not to scare them ='D
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