American Oystercatcher in a Tidal Lagoon

I’ve been working up images for a long post and this American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus) image is a clue as to what that post will be about.

Adult American Oystercatcher in a tidal lagoonAdult American Oystercatcher in a tidal lagoon – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 200, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light

I had a marvelous time on March 22, 2009 photographing this bird and several other oystercatchers in a tidal lagoon at Fort De Soto’s north beach. By that time in March the water was already warm but it felt refreshing to lay in the shallowest water on the shoreline to get the lowest angle possible.

American Oystercatchers are very distinctive shorebirds with long reddish bills, pink legs, bright yellow eyes combined with black, brown and white plumage.


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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. What a gorgeous photo! They are such striking birds, and your photo is wonderful!

  2. Love the eye color and resolution on the bill.

  3. Love these guys and your photos. It’s funny you posted today, as I’m working on an American Oystercatcher post right now too and was just taking a break! I noticed this bird has a bit of a blown iris too, as did one of the birds I was photographing this last June in New Jersey.

    Enjoyed yours as always. Happy 4th.

  4. These are the most beautiful birds. I love all of the colors too. Beautiful. Carol

  5. Lovely image, Mia. As always, ‘picture perfect’!

  6. I marvel at your talent! A most fabulous capture of a very cool bird!

  7. Beautiful image Mia! Oystercatchers are such stunning birds!!

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