American Avocet. San Elijo Lagoon, California. March 30, 2014. Greg Gillson.
I find avocets irresistible photo subjects. They are tall and stately, with unique recurved bills, and rusty heads in breeding plumage. As I started birding in NW Oregon where avocets are very rare, I think they also represent to me exotic birding locales like Malheur refuge, Death Valley, Salton Sea. Now I get to see them regularly, but I never tire of viewing (and photographing) them.