Birds of the Shore: American Oystercatchers

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Landing American OystercatcherLanding American Oystercatcher

On Saturday World Shorebirds’ Day was celebrated globally and this is a continuation of the post I made then. I mentioned that shorebirds were my spark birds, they are what got me so interested in photographing birds.  Some shorebirds are year round residents at Fort De Soto county beach but most of them are migratory. There were breeding pairs of American Oystercatchers there that I could photograph every month of the year and I always enjoyed seeing and hearing them.  One year I observed and photographed a pair of their chicks from the time they were two days old until the chicks moved on.

American Oystercatchers are specialized in that their diet consists of bivalves and they do use that flashy orange bill to pry some of them open. In North American we have two species of oystercatchers, the Black and the American. One day I hope to head to the west coast and photograph Black Oystercatchers because I think they are lovely and I could cross them off my bird bucket list.

The very first oystercatchers I ever photographed were at Fort De Soto County Park and once I started aiming my lens at them I couldn’t seem to stop. Not until I moved to Utah anyway. I’ve had dreams about them being along the causeway to Antelope Island at times though so at least I still see them in dreams and my images.



  1. Lois Bryan September 8, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Fabulous image … LOVE the raised wings … and what gorgeous eyes!!!

  2. Elephant's Child September 8, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Beautiful things. And they are more than welcome to my share of the world’s oysters.

  3. Tami September 8, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    These are such goofy looking but regal birds. Your image really shows off the vibrancy of the bird’s colors.

  4. Utahbooklover September 8, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Thanks for the info on World Shorebirds’s Day. I liked the calm pose of the Ruddy Turnstone on the log from the prior post, and this action image of a landing American oystercatcher as well. I think my favorite shorebird is the American Avocet in summer colors, which is pictured on my Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge cap I purchased at their gift shop.

  5. Patty Chadwick September 8, 2014 at 7:39 am

    I like the colors of these birds…the black, white and btpright teddish prange…

  6. Sarah Mayhew September 8, 2014 at 6:53 am

    Very nice capture! They always seem so comical to me. We have the Black Oystercatchers out in CA. 🙂

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