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American Oystercatcher


Posted by Axel Hildebrandt on Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:51 pm

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Photographed shortly after sunrise as the Oystercatcher was catching food for its chick.
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by leigha on Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:32 pm
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Great action shot. Are the chicks fully grown with adult plumage? I was there last week and saw one oystercatcher run into the ocean, grab a crab, and run back to another one - dropping the food in front of it. Rinse and repeat. They all looked the same size to me.
When were you there? Would have been nice to run into you.
 

by sirianul on Tue Aug 13, 2019 6:22 pm
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Beautiful light and action.

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by Axel Hildebrandt on Tue Aug 13, 2019 6:37 pm
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leigha wrote:
Great action shot.  Are the chicks fully grown with adult plumage?  I was there last week and saw one oystercatcher run into the ocean, grab a crab, and run back to another one - dropping the food in front of it.  Rinse and repeat.  They all looked the same size to me.
When were you there? Would have been nice to run into you.


Thanks, Leigh! I was there yesterday and the adults still fed the immature Oystercatchers. You can tell parent from offspring by checking their eye color. Young birds' eyes are dark and not orange yet. Are you planning on going back to Nickerson this summer?
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by Mako_Elite on Tue Aug 13, 2019 7:24 pm
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Nicely done, catching it in action with water splashing.

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by leigha on Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:22 pm
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Axel Hildebrandt wrote:
leigha wrote:
Great action shot.  Are the chicks fully grown with adult plumage?  I was there last week and saw one oystercatcher run into the ocean, grab a crab, and run back to another one - dropping the food in front of it.  Rinse and repeat.  They all looked the same size to me.
When were you there? Would have been nice to run into you.


Thanks, Leigh! I was there yesterday and the adults still fed the immature Oystercatchers. You can tell parent from offspring by checking their eye color. Young birds' eyes are dark and not orange yet. Are you planning on going back to Nickerson this summer?

Not this summer.  I come down from Toronto.  9 hr drive.  Next summer for sure.  Was there last year in mid June.  Think I prefer Mid August.  Cheers.
 

by Dan Kearl on Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:59 pm
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The light and action are terrific.
Golden sheen on the back is really nice..
 

by Ron Day on Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:03 am
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Terrific action and wonderful warm lighting, Axel. A beautiful scene.
 

by Carol Clarke on Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:46 am
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Great action capture with the flying water curtain, Axel! The early golden light is beautiful. Wonderful image!

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by GirishP on Wed Aug 14, 2019 4:23 am
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Great action & light! Love the water splash
 

by Karl Egressy on Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:27 am
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Excellent action shot. love the water splash, pose and light, Axel.
 

by david fletcher on Wed Aug 14, 2019 11:50 am
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Been enjoying your waders series Axel. Great light and clarity!
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by himadri roy on Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:55 am
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Magnificent light & action . Excellent image.
 

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