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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon 70-300mm DO IS USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-10 1:22
Viewed: 3794
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Oystercatchers are stocky birds with bright eye-rings and long colourful bills. Their diet is much more varied than their name implies.

There are three species in New Zealand:
Pied oystercatcher
Variable oystercatcher
Chatham Island oystercatcher
Plus the New Zealand subspecies South Island pied oystercatcher

Oystercatchers are found on every continent except Antarctica. In South America the Falkland Islands, New Zealand and Australia one of the pair of species is pied the other black. There is still no uniform agreement on how many species of oystercatchers there are.

I think this is the Variable Oyster Catcher

The variable oystercatcher has different colour phases: some birds are all black, some have a smudged black and white belly, and some a pure white belly.

This Variable type can be hard to distinguish from the pied oystercatcher, also black and white. The thing to look for on the variable oystercatcher is the more blurred boundary between black and white across the chest. There is also no white line between the chest and the folded wing.


I have cropped around the bird, resized for TN and sharpened it.

eng55, Argus, carper, siggi, pekkavalo1, Adanac, eqshannon, Dis. Ac., uleko, ubc64, fartash, jconceicao has marked this note useful
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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-11-10 2:54]

Hi Janice,
Very nice capture.POV,sharpness,celar details,contrast and pose of bird are wonderful.
Thanks for posting.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-11-10 3:56]

Hello Janice,
This is a species that I have wnted but not yet succeeded in photographing. You made a fine capture of this black Oystercatcher with pretty good sharpness and DOF from this back POV. Great he turned his head a little for the shot.
Thanks for sharing this beauty,
Kind regards,

it's a fine capture from behind Janice, very good sharpnes and the colours are super, it's not an easy one but you did do it very good, have a nice day Janice,
regard jaap

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-10 8:32]

Hello Janice,

A nice capture of this oystercatcher,the low pov colors and sharpness looking great,regards,


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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2008-11-10 10:11]

Great shot of this Oyster Catcher. You did a great job getting the eye and beak in focus from a rear shot. :) I think you could add a tad bit more contrast to get the color to pop a bit.


Hi Janice,
Very good capture of this Oystercatcher with good low POV, great composition, sharp interesting details and natural bright colours.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-11-10 15:28]

Hi Janice,an unusual point of view and wonderfuls details and colors,i like a lot the great contrast between the balck and the orange of the bird,very excellent work,my best compliments,Luciano

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-11-10 17:07]

Hello Janice,
What a rude oystercatcher walking away from such a good photographer. Splendid capture showing the great colors and excellent plumage details. Great work Janice.

He-he-he..you must have a few of those up..oooops down there Janice....Are they as common as our gulls are here? we call ours seagulls, not this variety, but the ones which we have and they are never near a sea that I know of...but they are of a temperament that allows us to get a bit closer..I think, that THEY think their stature must be recognized by us...so we can every so often...as you did here..get a good image...

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-11-11 4:09]

Hello Janice, a backside view with a superb eye focus. Brilliant shot with very nice clarity and composition. ganesh

Hi Janice,

nice low pov of this oystercatcher.
exelent details in the black feathers, beautiful natural colors.


Hello Janice,

Lovely shot! Very refreshing with the subject shot while walking away from the camera. Love the POV! Great framing too!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-11-12 4:00]

Hello Janice,
You've caught this Oystercatcher from a fine POV showing the head in profile and the shiny back plumage. Excellent focus on the eye and fine details and colours.
Well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Ciao Janice, lovely walking bird, splendid focus on red eye, great details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • ubc64 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
  • [2008-11-16 15:29]
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Hi Janice,

A very striking presentation of an oystercatcher. The rich, black plumage, and the bright red eye, with the carrot orange beak really make the image standout. Great POV also. I noticed a very minor white spot on the right side, just above the top of the right leg. Since TN permits minor touch ups, I would probably have removed that mark. Completely minor, however, and certainly doesn't detract from your great shot. TFS.


Dear Janice
Very nice shot of this Oystercatcher,
Great focusing,exposure and POV.Welldone my friend.


Hello janice,

Fantastic capture of this beautiful bird.
Wonderful colours with excellent details.
Light, sharpness and focus are splendid.
Good notes.

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