bold black-and-white plumage recurved bill (South Africa; 2007-06-30)

Pied Avocet
Recurvirostra avosetta

Native Range: Africa and Eurasia

Notes: a beautiful and unmistakable wader that is the only avocet species within its broad geographic range.

unmistakable in flight too (South Africa; 2007-06-30))

another flight view (South Africa; 2007-06-30))

with flamingos and coots in native habitat (South Africa; 2007-06-30))