RE: How do avocets preen?

To: Canberra birds <>
Subject: RE: How do avocets preen?
From: Wallaces <>
Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:58:17 +0000
I have put up a video of the avocets at Bimbi Beach preening and one of them
flying (quality degraded by web site limitations).



-----Original Message-----
From: Wallaces 
Sent: Tuesday, 13 February 2018 1:41 PM
To: Canberra birds
Subject: How do avocets preen?

The avocets strongly curved beak must complicate preening.  The avocets at
Bimbi Beach were close enough to see how they preened. From what I could
see, they mostly  their neck so the curved beak was flat on, or slightly
above, the feathers, allowing the tip to reach individual feathers. I will
put up a video later but attached is a photo cut from it.


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