Follow the Leader!
Quality cameras and quality lenses are beyond my budget, but I was blessed with an excellent pair of eyes that have 20/20 vision so I guess the camera isn’t a necessity. This pair of American Avocets was about 120 meters from my Bureau of Land Management rig, on a tiny island about four meters across at its longest point. I was able to use the spotting scope and the camera on my phone to take a decent photo of the pair. We drove away and continued our bird survey, and I thought that was the last we would see of them.
Well, I was wrong–on the way back, both of the birds met us on the road and seemed determined to get our attention. They zig-zagged back and forth in front of the vehicle, trying to drive us away from their nest. This was the first time I had ever seen this behavior from a bird, and it was actually pretty funny. They remained about 100 feet in front of our vehicle, but once they felt their nest was safe they immediately flew away. It is awesome how nature finds a way to protect the future of different species, and how shorebirds become decoys for their young.