It has been five and a half years since I photographed American Oystercatchers at Fort De Soto County Park in Florida and oddly enough I still dream about these shorebirds. At one point in time they were a nemesis for me, I couldn’t get the light right, the birds took off just as I got focused or they were too far away. Then one day I got wonderful, frame filling shots and after that they were a nemesis no more.
I followed this family of American Oystercatchers from June of 2008 until October or November of that year. I may have seen the juvenile (on the left) the next year but once it molted to its adult plumage I wouldn’t have recognized it. American Oystercatcher chicks seem to spend a longer time with their parents than other shorebirds I have observed.
I miss these fascinating shorebirds but I still see (and hear) them in my dreams.
Life is good.
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