Why do Avocets cross the road? Probably because some idiot is trying to take their picture. Another trip to Bolivar Flats at low tide found this group of American Avocets in what I’d call a tide pool area near the shore. I waded out into the water to take some flight shots and then made my approach to them from the water side. Thought that a covert water landing would be better than to possibly spook them from going back on shore first. Ended up on my knees trying to carry the camera/ground pod as I got closer to shore and then belly crawled up on the sand bar. That would have made an interesting photo op in itself. Got totally wet but it was worth it as they didn’t spook but just walked past me on their way to the water. It’s the thing that I love about laying down with the ground pod – the birds don’t see you until they get very close. I liked the golden light and the look of their thin legs all grouped together in this shot.
Taken with Canon 40D and 100-400 lens
F5.6 @ 1/500 sec., ISO 250, spot metering on ground pod