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|Der Austernfischer (Haematopus ostralegus) / The Eurasian Oystercatcher / Scoicarul|
it was a short vacation in Finland. In Seurasaari(and neighborhood), i take a few shots with this noisy bird and another wonderful birds. As usually it's never enough time to watching them! i hope you will like it!
wiki tells about Seurasaari:
Seurasaari (Swedish: Fölisön) is an island and a district in Helsinki, Finland, known mostly as the location of the Seurasaari Open-Air Museum, which consists of old, mainly wooden buildings transplanted from elsewhere in Finland and placed in the dense forest landscape of the island.
Every summer, many Helsinkians come to Seurasaari to enjoy the rural, peaceful outdoor atmosphere. Despite the visitors, the island has a variety of wildlife, especially birds, but also red squirrels and hares. The height of the island's popularity is at Midsummer, when a huge bonfire (Finnish: juhannuskokko) is built on a small isle just off the island's coast, and ignited by a newly-wed couple. Thousands of people, both tourists and Helsinkians, watch the burning of the bonfire from both Seurasaari itself and from boats anchored near it.
The Oystercatcher is one of the largest waders in the region. It is 40–45 centimetres (16–18 in) long (bill 8–9 cm) with a wing-span 80–85 centimetres (31–33 in). They are obvious and noisy plover-like birds, with black and white plumage, red legs and strong broad red bills used for smashing or prising open molluscs such as mussels or for finding earthworms Despite its name, oysters do not form a large part of its diet. The bird still lives up to its name, as few if any other wading birds are capable of opening oysters at all.
This oystercatcher is unmistakable in flight, with white patches on the wings and tail, otherwise black upperparts, and white underparts. Young birds are more brown, have a white neck collar and a duller bill. The call is a distinctive loud piping.
The bill shape varies; oystercatchers with broad bill tips open molluscs by prising them apart or hammering through the shell, whereas pointed-bill birds dig up worms. Much of this is due to the wear resulting from feeding on the prey. Individual birds specialise in one technique or the other which they learn from their parents.
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- [2012-06-24 5:42]
buna! superba captura. m-am tot invartit si eu pe aici dar n-am gasit nici urma de scoicar. mai asteptam si altele.
Amazing pose Christina! Beautiful photo with good composition, wonderful colours and very good sharpness.
- [2012-06-24 9:34]
Realy nice light. Nice colours with excellent details
and good composition.
Frumoasa specie si bine surprinsa. Detaliile si culorile impresionante.
Lovely lighting and a good behavioral shot, like the details and also the way the habitat is shown in the picture
Fantastic light and great capture of this beautiful Oystercatcher.Great timing for this cute pose,wonderful POV and composition,colours and details.Well done!
Have a good week!
- [2012-06-27 11:01]
Hi Christina,this is absolutely georgeous! How is nice this oystercatcher walking and what a timing to take it! There is a magic light too into this pic,i like the excellent details and colors too! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano