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Old Oct 30, 2009, 8:01 PM   #1
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Some random shots from this Summer...

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A couple of Birdscapes



Whao - Some of these guys don't look like Oystercatchers...






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Old Oct 30, 2009, 8:09 PM   #2
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this is a nice set. particularly like the 1st "portrait".

thnx for sharing,
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this is a nice set. particularly like the 1st "portrait".

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I never dreamed that such birds existed in New York, let alone New York City, before I started shooting wildlife. Are they weird, or what?

They've become my favorite bird. After closely studying them for nine years, I have yet to see them innitiate violence against another bird. Indeed the small shore birds like to hang out with them for protection. They take care of their "kids" for up to six months, teaching them the gentle art of opening clams and oysters and smashing open muscles.

Sheesh, do I love these guys!

On the West Coast there is the Black Oystercatcher, a very similar bird.

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that would explain the heavy beak then. for smashing muscles and having the strength to open up clams and oysters.

i can definately relate to these birds. give me some oysters on the half shell and follow them up with some fried clams and steamed mussels and i wouldnt feel much need for violence either :P
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Sheesh, do I love these guys!

On the West Coast there is the Black Oystercatcher, a very similar bird.

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I do, too, but out here on the West Coast, the Black Oystercatchers like their oysters on the rocks, and have shorter bills since they don't have to probe in the mud and sand. And they are harder to see against the black rocks - all you see is the red eye ring and bill and the pale legs, and your mind has to fill in the rest!

Great shots, but those Willets make poor imitation Oystercatchers - no camouflage there!
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Great shots, but those Willets make poor imitation Oystercatchers - no camouflage there!
One of the Oystercatchers appears to have the same view as you do about the Willets. "Hey, what the heck are you guys doing here?"

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