American Oystercatcher family

American Oystercatcher familyAmerican Oystercatcher family – Nikon D200, handheld, f8, 1/250, ISO 200, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light

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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  1. Humming Bird Lover March 14, 2015 at 8:53 am

    Hi! Beautiful birds and wonderful job you did getting such clear colorful photo’s. Keep up the great photo’s! Have a great day!

  2. Elephant's Child March 10, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    Gorgeous. Interesting that they stay with their family longer. Do you know why?

  3. Patty Chadwick March 10, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Love the colors in these birds…wish I’d known more about them when we lived in Florida…

  4. Jo March 10, 2015 at 7:48 am

    Living in the Ozarks although beautiful, I do miss my Texas shorebirds.

  5. Bob Bushell March 10, 2015 at 5:46 am

    Really nice, the family having their lunch.

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