American Oystercatcher

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One of the things I love about wildlife photography is that it causes me to study my subjects. I didn't realize that the oystercatchers we get in Alaska are a different species than on the east/gulf coasts. Until I shot these a couple of years ago during a visit in Mississippi. According to Cornell the west coast of North America only has the black oystercatcher and the gulf and east coasts have American oystercatchers.

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Very nice indeed. One of my favorite shorebirds as you can tell from my avatar.
Thanks, Allan. One of my favorites too. They're absolutely fearless defending their nests. We were once watching an eagle on a fishing perch (out of camera range) while we ate our supper in the cockpit of our boat. The eagle dove and grabbed a salmon about 30 yards from an oystercatcher nest. They both took off after the eagle shrieking as they do. The eagle dropped the fish and beat a retreat at max power.
Beautiful series Dan. (y)
Thanks, Rick.
 

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