American Oystercatcher in a Tidal Lagoon

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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.



  1. Linda Rockwell July 18, 2012 at 8:13 pm

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

  2. Azstu July 4, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Love the eye color and resolution on the bill.

  3. Laurence Butler July 4, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    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. Carol Mattingly July 4, 2012 at 5:00 pm

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

    • Mia McPherson July 5, 2012 at 10:56 am

      Carol, thanks very much for your comment, they mean a lot to me.

  5. Kathleen Finnerty July 4, 2012 at 3:40 pm

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

    • Mia McPherson July 5, 2012 at 10:55 am

      Thank you Kath, I hope it won’t be long now before you are back at north beach photographing these beauties.

  6. Julie G. July 4, 2012 at 3:05 pm

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

    • Mia McPherson July 5, 2012 at 10:54 am

      Julie, thanks for your very kind comment!

  7. Tammy Karr July 4, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Beautiful image Mia! Oystercatchers are such stunning birds!!

    • Mia McPherson July 5, 2012 at 10:54 am

      Thanks Tammy, Oystercatchers are very stunning birds.

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