Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Catching Oysters

On my recent trip to Florida I was able for the very first time in my life to see an American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus) in the wild. These photos (with my point and shoot) are not very good, but considering I was not too close, my skill level is wanting, and also I did not want to disturb them, it is the best that can be expected. That bright colored bill is so strong that it is used it to pry open clams, oysters and other shellfish.

This bird is supposed to be in my area of the mid-Atlantic, but I had to travel all the way to Florida to get this shot.

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