Scientific name: Recurvirostra avosetta
Nature Stars: 80
About: A scarce wader, about the same size as oystercatcher but much more slender. Mainly white, with black patches on the back and wings and a black cap stretching down the back of the neck. Long bluey legs, but most easily recognised by the long, black, upturned beak.
How to identify: Unmistakeable.
Where: Breeds in shallow coastal lagoons around the east coast of England and winters on sheltered estuaries on the south coast.
Fantastic fact: Avocets are a great conservation success story, and the symbol of the RSPB.
Photograph credit: Damian Waters Drumimages.co.uk