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Black Oystercatcher Chick and Eggs


Posted by RichardMittleman/Gon2Foto on Wed Jun 19, 2019 3:37 pm

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Oystercatchers have been nesting on top of this huge rock on the beach for many years. One or two days after this image the chick was down on the beach, which is a pretty good drop. The parents had abandoned the two unhatched eggs in order to feed and protect the one hatched chick down on the beach.
I guess the other two eggs were an insurance policy.
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by Ron Day on Wed Jun 19, 2019 5:08 pm
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Great find and story, Richard. A very nice behavioral image with the chick and eggs. Well done!
 

by Mike in O on Wed Jun 19, 2019 5:09 pm
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Super shot...no wonder their numbers are in decline. I guess there are only 6,000 on the west coast.
 

by Dan Kearl on Wed Jun 19, 2019 5:44 pm
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Excellent behavioral photo.. Thanks for sharing this.
 

by Carol Clarke on Thu Jun 20, 2019 5:09 am
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Ron Day wrote:
Great find and story, Richard. A very nice behavioral image with the chick and eggs. Well done!


Thanks for sharing this and the story, Richard.

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by Axel Hildebrandt on Thu Jun 20, 2019 6:20 am
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Interesting story, around here the Oystercatchers often raise 2-3 chicks, maybe it's about food availability.
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by david fletcher on Thu Jun 20, 2019 12:39 pm
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Ron Day wrote:
Great find and story, Richard. A very nice behavioral image with the chick and eggs. Well done!


Nicely done Richard
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