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Old Apr 30, 2006, 9:22 AM   #1
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Taken last week, these are the first shots of Spring

This first shot is of the Willet standing next to some type of natural formation unique to Brooklyn Marshes

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/WILLET33.jpg[/img]

A closer crop

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/WILLET34.jpg[/img]

And then he spotted me. My disguise of being an injured whale was seen through.

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/WILLET36.jpg[/img]

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/WILLET37.jpg[/img]

So, he flys across what's left of the pond at low tide and asks the Oyster Catcher to protect him. HIS reaction to this request can be guessed. They are NOT stupid birds...

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/OYSTERWILLET4.jpg[/img]:lol:

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Old Apr 30, 2006, 3:38 PM   #2
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I really like the fourth shot. Good job.

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Old Apr 30, 2006, 6:55 PM   #3
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Great series & story, Dave.
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That Oyster Catcher looks like he means business! I could see him leading a gang of villians in the next animated animal movie!
Very cool series - thanks Dave

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Old May 1, 2006, 11:21 AM   #5
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That Oyster Catcher looks like he means business! I could see him leading a gang of villians in the next animated animal movie!
Very cool series - thanks Dave

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The poor poor Oystercatcher. I have one picture of them in flight where they look like their searching for their boss, Darth Vader.

They are wonderful birds. Mate for life, keep the kids around for a long time to show them the intricacies of opening clams and oysters, and protect smaller birds from the Gulls.

But they're not stupid. They always keep an eye on stange photographers, and their wolves...

They're not THAT hard to approach.

The cry of the Oystercatcher is unmistakable. While not loud it literally can carry for miles by the beach.


A high pitched "PeepeePePepppe."

When a flock is in the vicinity, you know about it!

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Old May 1, 2006, 9:21 PM   #6
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Great shots Dave. I always learn something new with your posts.

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Old May 1, 2006, 10:13 PM   #7
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Nice shots Dave.

That formation on the leftin the first picmust be some sort of abstract art placed there for visitors to enjoy. If I were you though I would be careful in that area.....that brown looking pile on the right of the Willet looks like Grizzly bear scat.:lol:
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Old May 2, 2006, 9:08 AM   #8
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Nice shots Dave.

That formation on the left in the first pic must be some sort of abstract art placed there for visitors to enjoy. If I were you though I would be careful in that area.....that brown looking pile on the right of the Willet looks like Grizzly bear scat.:lol:
Probably explains the dead bodies I find from time to time...

The City and Parks Department just did a massive clean-op. Removing glass, bottles, plastic etc. They, in my opinion, wisely, left these "instalation pieces."

Everyone seems to like them. Certainly the birds, muskrats and crabs do.

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