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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 fledglings learning to feed as they follow their mother. The father was just outside this image, chasing away a killdeer from his family.




Avocet Mother Teaching Fledglings To Feed

An avocet mother teaches her young to feed in shallow water.

3 responses to “Avocet Mother Teaching Fledglings to Feed”

  1. Great capture! You and your son are lucky. We love budding ornithologists. Keep up the good work.
    You should consider submitting your photo to our Home Tweet Home photo contest here: You can submit up to 4 photos across any of the categories.

    • Patrick and Arrow Myers says:

      Thank you for the kind words, Chelsea! We will submit it to Home Tweet Home also, great idea! Blessings, Patrick and Arrow Myers

  2. Cori Welch says:

    This is a beautiful photo! What a privilege to have such a great view on Avocet family life. What kind of camera do you use?

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