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Old Apr 13, 2006, 10:03 AM   #1
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With this bird, who happily lives and breeds on the wild shores of Brooklyn, we have something to rival all those tropical birds that Jake posts.

This is the first time I've seen them hunting on rocks. I really love and admire these creatures, who unfortunately are unaware of this. Note that in all of these images they are looking right at the camera. This is not an illusion. They WERE looking right at me. Not to concerned about the dog - Just the human. Wise little creatures... :bye:


[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/OYSTERCATCHER11.jpg[/img]

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[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/OYSTERCATCHER8.jpg[/img]

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Old Apr 13, 2006, 10:09 AM   #2
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Nice shots Dave. We don't have these guys on the west coast, only black ostercatchers.
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Old Apr 13, 2006, 1:10 PM   #3
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Nice to see some of your "rival" species, Dave, and very nice shots of them to boot. As a matter of interest, ALL your birds in the US,OZ and elsewhere are very interestingin that they are something new and different, and with the quality of the shots that appear here on Steve's, it's better than buying National Geographic !! [yours included ]


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Old Apr 13, 2006, 5:21 PM   #4
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Great images, Dave! You've really caught that wonderful eye of this oystercatcher so well.

All of these are very good and I don't think that I could choose a favorite among them!
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Old Apr 13, 2006, 5:58 PM   #5
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Great images, Dave! You've really caught that wonderful eye of this oystercatcher so well.

All of these are very good and I don't think that I could choose a favorite among them!
I had no choice. They kept watching me...

These birds, are the defacto protectors of all the smaller shore birds. They're NOT aggresive, but don't put up with the aggresive Gulls. So often enough, there will be a bunch of Willets, and Dowitchers, Sanderlings and Dunlins, all clustered around one of these Oystercatchers.

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Old Apr 13, 2006, 6:29 PM   #6
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Nice detail in those Dave! Don't see those around these parts either(at least I never have).

BTW...have you seen any Upland Sandpipers during any of your forays?
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Old Apr 13, 2006, 7:56 PM   #7
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BTW...have you seen any Upland Sandpipers during any of your forays?
No, but a few days ago, standing in the tiny park near my house, I saw, out of the corner of my eye, a rabbit. Now there are no rabbits in lower Manhattan...:shock:

So I ran over to take a better look, and it was a Virginia Rail, standing there amidst the pidgins, looking even more confused than I. The last glimpse of him that I saw, was him running down Third Avenue, as if he had an important appointment. No camera...

I didn't see him carrying a briefcase, but you never know.

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Great series, Dave.
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Old Apr 14, 2006, 9:05 AM   #9
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These are great Dave! especialy likethat last shot . The dark greens and that bird go so well together...



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Old Apr 14, 2006, 9:05 AM   #10
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These are great Dave! especialy likethat last shot . The dark greens and that bird go so well together...



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