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Old Jul 9, 2006, 9:01 PM   #1
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Man, do I love these birds....:lol:

These first four images, were taken last week. At first it appeared that he wanted to play some b-Ball, but he took off and had just a wee bit of a shaky landing...

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/OYSTERCATCHER254.jpg[/img]

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/OYSTERCATCHER256.jpg[/img]

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/OYSTERCATCHER2577.jpg[/img]

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/OYSTERCATCHER2599.jpg[/img]

In these two images, I caught this guy rummaging on the flats at low tide.

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/OYSTERCATCHER260.jpg[/img]

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/OYSTERCATCHER261.jpg[/img]

While in the last three, they are investigating various aspects of a marine marsh.

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/OYSTERCATCHER321.jpg[/img]

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/OYSTERCATCHER222.JPG[/img]

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/OYSTERCATCHER2233.JPG[/img]

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Old Jul 10, 2006, 7:09 AM   #2
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Very nice series Dave!
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Old Jul 10, 2006, 8:04 AM   #3
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We don't see them in my neck of the country, nice pics David!!
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Old Jul 10, 2006, 10:36 AM   #4
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Great shots Dave. I can see why you like these birds. Interesting behaviors it looks like.....cheers.......Don.
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Old Jul 10, 2006, 11:43 AM   #5
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Great shots Dave. I can see why you like these birds. Interesting behaviors it looks like.....cheers.......Don.
We all tend to anthropomorphise. These birds live their lives as we would wish people did. They are monogamous, raise and keep the kids around long after they are fledged. They are a friendly bunch with a unique method of hunting that keeps them from competing with others. As a result, the smaller shore birds often stay with them for refuge from predators.

And of course they are certainly photogenic...:lol:

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Very nice picture, they are really sharp and the colours are great!!
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I guess you could call them the Ozzie and Harriet Nelsons of wildlife...cheers....Don.

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We all tend to anthropomorphise. These birds live their lives as we would wish people did. They are monogamous, raise and keep the kids around long after they are fledged. They are a friendly bunch with a unique method of hunting that keeps them from competing with others. As a result, the smaller shore birds often stay with them for refuge from predators.

And of course they are certainly photogenic...:lol:

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Old Jul 10, 2006, 7:43 PM   #8
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[quote]I guess you could call them the Ozzie and Harriet Nelsons of wildlife...cheers....Don.

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Not during the mating season....:lol:

And each year they "renew" their vows and make a spectacle of themselves....

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A handsome fellow indeed, Dave, and nicely captured as well - the lighting in the lower shots is superb, the last in particular
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Old Jul 11, 2006, 7:55 AM   #10
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Great series! I agree with Jake on the lighting in the last three shots.
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