American Avocet
Recurvirostra americana

f6.7 @ 1/2000s, ISO:1000, Nikon D3S w 500mm and 1.7X teleconverter

"American Avocet," Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The American avocet is a large wader in the avocet and stilt family, Recurvirostridae. This avocet has long, thin, gray legs, giving it its colloquial name, blue shanks. The plumage is black and white on the back with white on the underbelly. The neck and head are cinnamon colored in the summer and gray in the winter. The long, thin bill is upturned at the end. The adult bird measures 4051 cm (1620 in) in length, 6876 cm (2730 in) and 275420 g (9.714.8 oz) in weight.
Gilbert, Arizona