Friday, July 6, 2012

American Avocet and More

AS many of you know by now,I love birds and so with my new camera in hand,I headed off to a marsh near my home.
I was pleasantly surprised to find a pair of American Avocets here.
I had never photographed these before and had not seen them since 1992 or so.


Of course there is always beauty in the surrounding countryside.
A distant field of Canola adds a bright splash of colour here.


Not to be outdone in the colour department is the Yellow-headed Blackbird.

Here was the primary focus of this visit to the marsh.A Pair of American Avocets.
These birds are graceful both in the water and in the air.

I have many pictures of these birds and more will surface on this blog in the days and weeks ahead.I could hardly stop taking pictures.
The water is covered in algae,but that green slime kind of adds interest to these pictures.


Even an Avocet gets an itch once in a while.


Thought for today:
TGIF
This usually stands for:
Thank goodness it's Friday.
Here is another version:
Thank God I'm forgiven!
How about you?

31 comments:

  1. there was beautiful color in every one of these photos. the canola, totally jealous about seeing the yellow-headed blackbird, and the avocets with the blue water and green algae are gorgeous!

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  2. Stunning photographs, Ruth. And I much prefer your version of TGIF! -- and I am (forgiven):)

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  3. Very exciting. They're beautiful birds - so's the blackbird! Diane

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  4. Beautiful shots of the birds. They are foreign to my neck of the woods, so I learned something new today!!

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  5. Beautiful photography, Ruth!! Love the Avoocets! Of course, I never see them here.
    The yellow-headed blackbird is gorgeous and another one I never see.
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    I like your version of TGIF best!

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  6. i love your version of TGIF, and i have never seen Canola in a field or that delightful yellow bird or the Avocets. great post. i love all of these. so this is something new to me to.

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  7. Thank God I'm Forgiven!! I love this one...
    This is a gorgeous field, and the colors are full of beauty...I always enjoy seeing the different birds and all of your photos...
    have a great weekend..
    hugs
    shug

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  8. these are stunning and love your tgif

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  9. They're all beautiful Ruth! I love water fowl; they're such busy little birds.

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  10. I LOVE your version of TGIF! So thankful for the gift of forgiveness and salvation!

    Those are such stunning photos! Have never seen one of those Avocets before. Very interesting!

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  11. I don't believe we have either of these birds here, but I have seen the yellow-headed blackbird when we've been traveling in the West. They are beautiful birds. As others have said, that new version of TGIF is perfect. I hadn't heard it before.

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  12. Nice shots! I've always wanted to see a yellow-headed blackbird but never have.

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  13. i really enjoyed your bird photos, dear ruth, that yellow-headed blackbird is particularly cute.

    fantastic shots, the colours are so beautiful, great captures, too.

    wish you a wonderful weekend!

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  14. Ruth, wonderful shots! I think the new camera is a keeper.
    Nice to see the Avocets! They are pretty indeed! They are still on my wish list to see, as is the Yellow Head!

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  15. TGIF...love that new version, Ruth! Have a great weekend!

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  16. really beautiful ruth, you must have been so excited to capture these!!

    i have never seen a yellow headed blackbird!!

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  17. Beautiful bird shots Ruth! The yellow headed blackbirds never venture this far east and although they do migrate through Pa I have yet to bump into the avocets. I think I need to do some research to find a good spot.

    Thank you for your comment on CC, wildlife photography is a never ending learning experience. That is just one of the wonderful parts of the endeavor.

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  18. I have never seen either one of these birds. What great photos. And yes, TGIF ... according to your version.

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  19. Nice! Love your Avocet shots! And your alternate version of TGIF!!

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  20. Oh my ... those Avocets are AWESOME!! And I agree - the green "slime" makes it an even better capture :)

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  21. OH! Wonderful photos! I wish I had been with you!

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  22. You are getting some really nice pictures, and I can tell you are enjoying your new camera. I like your new TGIF interpretation.

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  23. Wow you got some terrific shots. I've never seen either of these birds in person!!

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  24. It's so fun to see birds from other parts of the world that we don't have here. So cute!

    And, I like your TGIF! I am, too!!

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  25. What a wonderful post Ruth. Congrats on your new camera. Your photos are fantastic. Love the landscape photos with the canola, and the birds are wonderful as well. I have never heard of or seen a yellow headed blackbird, and great shots of the pair of American Avocets. Very nicely composed. I would say you had a great day with your camera in hand. Such Beautiful surroundings.
    And I do love your version of TGIF.
    Dianne :)

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  26. What an utterly cool looking bird. I'm glad you were able to snap these, Ruth. Looking forward to more.

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  27. Great photos Ruth...I've yet to get a yellow-headed Blackbird...Kudos!!!

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  28. Wonderful, Ruth! That camera is really great....with your skill in using it, of course :-) I've always wanted to see a yellow-headed blackbird. Great photo of it. Love those Avocets, too.

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  29. I've never seen these awesome shore birds. Super shots of them, and we don't have that blackbird here. Good job!

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  30. These are fantastic photos, Ruth! I love the soft colors in them and the delicate look of the avocets.

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