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Sooty Oystercatcher

Sooty Oystercatcher
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS, Canon 12x zoom 36-432mm equivalent
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-07-10 7:46
Viewed: 3673
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A male Sooty Oystercatcher (Haematopus fuliginosus) captured at one of my favourite rocky shores near Port Kembla, south of Sydney. The females have longer bills; up to 90mm. This is a breeding adult, easily told by the yellow bill tip and talons.

These uncommon shorebirds reside entirely on rocky shores, where their dark plumage offers camouflage. They’re wonderful to watch at low tide, climbing through the broken rocky shoreline searching for limpets, turbins, mussels and if they’re lucky a juicy sea urchin.

Then as the tide goes out, they move lower down into the sea squirt zone. Here they hammer away at the hard surface of the poor defenceless sea-squirt (especially Pyura stolonifera – see WORKSHOP), before the peel the top off and extract the nutritious flesh. Sea-squirts provide over 60% of their daily food intake, well worth the 4-5 minutes it takes to get inside these tough outer casing (tunic).

Thanks for looking.

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Very good detail of the black subject against a light BG. Never easy and you have done well here. I like the composition, POV, Sharpness, DOF and detail of the subject. TFS,

Hi Chris,
Excellent! Beautiful vivd colors in the bill and eye circle. The black plumage is perfect with nice detail in it. Very well done.

Hi Chris,
Nice detail, color, and great exposure. Well framed and a nice even profile POV with great DOF as well.
Get some sleep ;)
Well done and Thank You!

Hi Chris,
the exposure is very good, the details in the black plumage are well seen. Nice compostion and colours,
I like the low POV too.
Well done.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-07-10 12:30]

Hi Chris,
Fantastic capture of this oystercatcher.
I know they are not easy to get close to.
Fantastic saturated colors. The orange beak and eyes are always my favourite parts. Good range of values on the black plumage as well.
Great POV (he looks as though he is on a mission) and sharp details. TFS. : )

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-07-11 3:07]
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Hi Chris!
I don't know why exactly, but this bird looks slightly funny for me :-) Very royal pose and stylish outfit :-) I like composition wit rock on BG, very good colours and light also.
BTW - my S2 starts to make mad things in temperature over 40C :-)

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2006-07-26 13:47]

sharp enough... beautiful colors...

your birds are really so interesting for me...

thanks for sharing...

congratulations Chris... :)

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