Lake Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge May 2017
During May, I traveled to Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge to observe and photograph the mating behavior of the American Avocet. Located in north central Montana, Bowdoin is an isolated refuge consisting of 84,000 acres of prairie grasslands and wetlands. The refuge is a seasonal breeding ground for tens of thousands of American White Pelicans and thousands of ducks, geese, and shorebirds as well as songbirds and raptors. I spent a week at the refuge and found myself almost completely alone to enjoy the overwhelming silence. Bowdoin stirred my soul as the solitude afforded me thoughtful reflection and photography. Please click on the images to view them in full size.
American Avocet Mating Ritual May 2017