.I call them "my little sandpipers" because they trail along tittering away, oblivious to my rapturous joy at being here, and hearing their dear little titterings...I feel so close to the Creator when I walk on his beaches.
American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) is a large wader in the avocet and stilt family, Recurvirostridae. This avocet has long, thin, gray legs, giving it its colloquial name, "blue shanks". The plumage is black and white on the back with white on the underbelly. The neck and head are cinnamon colored in the summer and gray in the winter. The long, thin bill is upturned at the end.
Albatross - The wingspans of the largest great albatrosses can exceed 340 cm (11.2 ft) - I spotted some on my Dolphin swim and they were majestic: http://www.zigzagonearth.com/swim-wild-dolphins-new-zealand/