The pied avocet is a black and white migratory wader. These birds have long, upturned beaks and long bluish legs. They forage in shallow brackish water or on mud flats, and they mainly eat crustaceans and insects.
I took these photos at Lake Pomorie, Bulgaria. Lake Pomorie is a lake located near the Bulgarian town of Pomorie. The lake is an important source of salt and curative mud, and it’s part of Via Pontica – the second largest avian migratory route in Europe. This is the reason for the great diversity of birds in the region of the lake: there are more than 200 bird species, some of which are globally endangered, including the pied avocet. It’s a great place for bird watchers.
The sound they make is really cute too! You can hear it on Wikipedia.
Pied avocets in flight at sunset