Pied Avocet

Ok, they may be common elsewhere but this particular Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avocetta is a mega for birders and birdwatching in Borneo!  Today at a small mangrove area in Tuaran, north of Kota Kinabalu, we had the second authenticated sighting of this bird in Borneo.  It was last seen in January 2009 in Kuching, Sarawak.  This wader has such striking black and white features when in flight and when feeding in the mud, the side-to-side movement of its upturned bill is wonderful to watch.  Enjoy!

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