Natural Fulfillment by Martin Smart
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WINNER of the Shorebirds Challenge in the Amazing Wildlife Group

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A pair of American Avocets (Recurvirostra americana) mating at the Summer Lake Wildlife Refuge, Oregon, USA.

The Summer Lake Basin supports more than 250 species of birds and consequently is a very popular bird watching area. This large wetland marsh area is ideal breeding habitat for American Avocets who form breeding colonies numbering dozens of pairs and nest close to the water and will lay up to 4 eggs.

Canon 40D
1/1000sec f11 ISO 200
500mm F4L IS lens + 1.4x converter

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Comments

  • Gouzelka
    Gouzelkaalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful nature shot Martin!

  • Thank you very much Gouzelka, I appreciate your comment!

    – Martin Smart

  • Dave & Trena Puckett
    Dave & Trena P...almost 4 years ago

    Wonderfully captured!

  • Many thanks for your comment Dave & Trena, much appreciated!

    – Martin Smart

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 4 years ago

  • Thank you Larry.

    – Martin Smart

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • Thank you Ray.

    – Martin Smart

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkealmost 4 years ago

    Yep… definitely that time of year. Great capture.

  • Thank you so much Bunny!

    – Martin Smart

  • LisaBeth
    LisaBethalmost 4 years ago

    gorgeou birds!! Martin..the feathers are so fabulous. great capture!!

  • Thank you very much for your kind comments Lisa!

    – Martin Smart

  • Macky
    Mackyalmost 4 years ago

    Well Martin, a beautiful capture of the ‘birds’, can we look forward to one of the ‘bees’ ? :-)

  • Lol, I’ll have to work on that one Macky, thanks very much for your comments!

    – Martin Smart

  • fototaker
    fototakeralmost 4 years ago

    great capture while they indulge in a bit of reproduction even with onlookers!! ;) gorgeous colors and details. once i am up that way again, will have to visit that area ~ thanks for sharing!!

  • Thanks very much fototaker, I appreciate your comments!

    – Martin Smart

  • Jon Lees
    Jon Leesalmost 4 years ago

    Super capture Martin!

  • Many thanks Jon, much appreciated!

    – Martin Smart

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sedicialmost 4 years ago


    May 15th, 2011
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  • Thank you so much for the feature Mary, very kind of you and much appreciated!

    – Martin Smart

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