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.



  1. Mia McPherson April 13, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Thank you all for your wonderful comments!

  2. Sam Brunson April 11, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Great pic! American Oystercatchers are amazing birds!

  3. Julie Brown April 10, 2013 at 7:03 pm

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

  4. Julie G. April 10, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    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. Tami April 10, 2013 at 9:39 am

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

  6. Prairie Birder April 10, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Oystercatchers are such neat birds! Excellent photo, Mia!

  7. Isidro Ortiz April 10, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Excelente captura de este bonito Ostrero americano.Saludos

  8. eric c11 April 10, 2013 at 7:06 am

    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. Lynn Koch April 10, 2013 at 7:03 am

    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. Susan April 10, 2013 at 6:18 am

    What a beauty, gorgeous image Mia!

  11. judy watson April 10, 2013 at 5:43 am

    Beautiful pic. Lots of great colors on the bird!

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