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Old May 2, 2006, 11:06 AM   #1
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These shots, taken at different locations (although all in Brooklyn) show my little buddies wandering the beach looking for worms. It's a living...

Oystercatchers, btw, walk just like you and I. None of that "typical" bird walk. Oh, no, they stride forward, evenly balanced. Their mating ritual, even consists of a running event...

Of course once mated, this ritual is a formality. I once saw a one legged male trying to keep up with his wife, and she, seeing his difficulty, simply came back and leaned on him gently.

True love indeed!

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/OYSTERCATCHER16.jpg[/img]

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/OYSTERCATCHER18a.jpg[/img]

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/OYSTERCATCHER19.jpg[/img]

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/OYSTERCATCHER19a.jpg[/img]

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/OYSTERCATCHER21.jpg[/img]

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/OYSTERCATCHER24.jpg[/img]

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Old May 2, 2006, 11:39 AM   #2
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Nice series Dave. (I won't mention the tail shot, honest.)
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Wonderful photos made better by your insightful story.Always a pleasure Dave. How's the pup?
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Old May 2, 2006, 12:21 PM   #4
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Wonderful photos made better by your insightful story. Always a pleasure Dave. How's the pup?
Chato and I are about the same size. I've been trying out a Chicken suit, while he masquarades as a giant beaver...




A One Legged Oystercatcher

What a dance you played this morning
Your one foot, your only foot,
hoping along the beach,
Following your lovely mate as she sped
along the sand.
Bright orange beak and golden orange eyes,
your one foot held you back
as you stopped to twirl around.

You didn't twirl so fast.
An effort of love to please your love,
as she scampered on ahead.

But she stopped, and came to you.
Leaned on you gently,
conveying her love as if no other gift
was more important.

No other gift is more important
then telling you she loved you,
without words that she couldn't even
know of.
Only feelings were expressed.
And what then is true love?

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Old May 2, 2006, 12:37 PM   #5
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Awesome series, Dave!
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Did you just write that poem on the spot? You must REALLY love these birds!
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Did you just write that poem on the spot? You must REALLY love these birds!
No.:?: I wrote a number of poems about the birds I encounter, and usual or unusal events I see...()

I don't post them because people then pass out on their computers and complain to the site management...

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No one is going to pass out on this forum Dave. Don't know which I enjoyed more, the photos or the poem. Thanks for sharing both.
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Fabulous thread Dave. You made my day!! Beautiful shots of the Oystercatchers. Well done!..........thekman
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I wrote a number of poems about the birds I encounter,
Dave, your poems are great, as well as your shots, I remember and enjoy the ethereal snow-goose poem, and was sort of hoping that you would have included one in the swan shots of a week or so ago.



I love the"saunter" of the 2nd last shot, it's classic [somehow reminds me of Jack Nicholsen??]
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