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|From my recent vacation in COSTA RICA|
The American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus), occasionally called the American Pied Oystercatcher, is a member of family Haematopodidae. The bird is marked by its black and white body and a long, thick orange beak. This shorebird is approximately 19 inches (42 – 52 cm) in length.
Oystercatchers are closely tied to coastal habitats. They nest on beaches on coastal islands and feed on marine invertebrates. The large, heavy beak is used to pry open bivalve molluscs. Oystercatchers raise a clutch of two or three eggs. In winter, they are found in flocks along the coast from central New Jersey to the Gulf of Mexico.
Although Oystercatcher populations are low, the species is not protected under the Endangered Species Act. Oystercatchers are listed as a species of concern in several states because of low and declining populations, and threats to coastal habitats. Threats include development and recreational use of nesting beaches.
(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
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- [2011-09-09 0:53]
Nice picture with great sharpness and colours and good DOF.
I love birds with weird eyes like this, they always look a bit lost!
Thanks for sharing!
Another perfect capture from you taken from a very good low POV with eye contact. Beautiful natural colours, outstanding sharpness and details. Well done!
- [2011-09-09 7:14]
Very good portrait of this lovely bird in fine composition. tfs.