American Avocets at Cutler Wetland

Shortly before my season-ending injury I was able to enjoy some American Avocets at Cutler Wetland not far from my home in Cutler Bay, FL. These unique waders were a first for me.  Their long bills have a slight upward bend and they give out an enthusiastic “kleek, kleek, kleek, kleek” as they forage in the marshy shallows for bugs and slugs.  The photographs below show non-breeding American Avocets with gray, black and white plumage.  In the summer during breeding season their heads are a beautiful cinnamon color.

American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana)

American Avocets trying to get some sleep.

American Avocets Male and Female – The male (with the longer bill) is on the right.

American Avocet skimming the surface of the marshy wetland.