Friday, 2 April 2010

Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta)

AVOCET (noun) The noun AVOCET has 1 sense:
1. long-legged web-footed black-and-white shorebird with slender upward-curving bill
Familiarity information: AVOCET used as a noun is very rare.

I wondered what the name meant, where it came from. It seems to precisely describe the bird, I suspect the bird came first and a word was made to describe it, perhaps you can put me right.

I see lots of Avocet every year, its tricky to get good photography of this bird but I cannot quite remember the good numbers seen in Norfolk last week, perhaps someone will advise what they think? Plus, we have our own breeding birds in Yorkshire now days, times have changed.

One brood April - July, 3 - 4 eggs, nest lined with grass and shell fragments on a scrape on low islands or dry mud.

Next post will attempt to show the numbers in flight.


Mary Howell Cromer said...

You always get the coolest birds and they are always a great series to learn from~ Happy Easter~

Anonymous said...

Whatever the origin its always a great bird to photograph Mike and you have some really nice shots here.

Anonymous said...

Fabulous pictures of a truly elegant bird. I believe it takes its common English name from its Latin - Recurvirotra avocetta, which roughly translates as 'The Scooper' and 'graceful bird'. Probably Italian in origin.

Mike Randall Bird Photography said...

Thanks Mary & Roy, happy easter to you both.
Annoymous, thanks for visiting and leaving your interesting comment.

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