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Patrick and Arrow Myers

Mosca, Alamosa County, CO, United States


My 11 year old son, Arrow, aspires to be an ornithologist; I’m a park ranger at nearby Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve (Southern Colorado). We love birding together. This summer we’ve had the privilege of watching a family of avocets successfully nest in a wetland on our property. From the time the light green speckled eggs were laid on the open shore, the parents have loudly and aggressively defended their young. We quietly keep our distance behind some shrubs to capture scenes of their family life, including this image of the four young learning to feed as they follow their mother. The father was just outside this image, chasing away a killdeer from his family.


Feeding Time


Avocet Mother Teaching Four Young To Feed

AWARD WINNER: Category WinnerAn avocet mother teaches her four young to feed in shallow water.

2 responses to “Avocet Mother Teaching Four Young to Feed”

  1. Rose says:

    You couldn’t have “directed” them to act better if you tried.

  2. Tracy says:

    Dontcha’ love how they’re lined up biggest to smallest?

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