American Oystercatcher with prey

American Oystercatcher with preyAmerican Oystercatcher with prey – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/1600, ISO 250, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light 

American Oystercatchers were among my favorite shorebirds to photograph at Fort De Soto County Park’s north beach when I lived in Florida. Their bright orange bills, pink legs, black & white plumage and bright yellow eyes rimmed in red always fascinated me plus their behavior and distinctive call often amused me. I photographed this adult Oystercatcher as it hunted for prey in the shallow water of a tidal lagoon and was pleased to get this image with a tiny mollusk in its bill.

I’ve been fairly busy recently, I hope to get caught up on thanking you all for the kind comments that you have left on my posts this past week.


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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. Thank you all for your wonderful comments!

  2. Great pic! American Oystercatchers are amazing birds!

  3. The background is a perfect complement for the strong colors of this pretty bird.

  4. Fantastic image, Mia! Every time I travel to Florida, I’ve got my fingers crossed that I will see one of these neat birds in person. So far … to no avail. At least I can view your beautiful Oystercatcher photographs.

  5. I love these somewhat goofy looking birds! The colors in your photo are beautiful, Mia.

  6. Oystercatchers are such neat birds! Excellent photo, Mia!

  7. Excelente captura de este bonito Ostrero americano.Saludos

  8. you ve got it very close, and get a good picture
    i ve meet a couple of a similar bird this week end, very nice to watch ☺

  9. Lovely photograph, Mia. It’s a great capture with the mollusk in his bill. I love Oystercatchers and love watching them in the summer. They are wonderful birds; never saw one hunting.

  10. What a beauty, gorgeous image Mia!

  11. Beautiful pic. Lots of great colors on the bird!

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