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American oystercatcher

American oystercatcher
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Copyright: Sascha Weissbeck (Sascha-Steinau) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 59 W: 3 N: 173] (1620)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-04-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D700, Sigma 70-300mm F4,0-5,6 DG APO Makro
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-05-17 5:45
Viewed: 1214
Points: 8
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American oystercatcher / Haematopus palliates

I captured this nice and alert watching American oystercatcher into the Honeymoon Island State Park in Dunedin.

Sascha ;O)

Information´s about the American oystercatcher

The American oystercatcher has distinctive black and white plumage and a long, bright orange beak. The head and breast are black and the back, wings and tail greyish-black. The underparts are white, as are feathers on the inner part of the wing which become visible during flight. The irises are yellow and the eyes have orange orbital rings. The legs are pink. Adults are about 19 inches (480 mm) in length.[

The American oystercatcher is found on the Atlantic coast of North America from New England to northern Florida, where it is also found on the Gulf coast, and south to Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina. It is found also in the Pacific coast of California, Mexico, Central America, Peru, and Chile.[3] In the 19th century they became locally extinct in the northeast of the United States due to market hunting and egg collecting. After receiving protection under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, their range extended northward to re-occupy historical habitat in New England.

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 mollusks. 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.

The IUCN lists this species as being of "Least Concern". The reasons given are that the bird has a very wide range and that the total number of individuals is believed to be stable, and actually increasing in the case of the United States.[1] Nevertheless, in some states American oystercatchers are listed as a species of concern because of low and declining populations. The threats to their coastal habitats includes development and recreational use of nesting beaches. This species is not protected under the Endangered Species Act.

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Hello Sascha,
Beautiful bird.....I like its beautiful color. Well captured in its natural habitat. Well sharpness and details on plumage. Very well managed light.
Thanks for sharing with informative NOTE,
Regards and have a nice Sunday,

Hello Sascha
Lovely capture of this species.Great low POV,wonderful colors and excellent sharp´ness.TFS.
Have a good week and thank You.
Best regards

Hi Sascha ,
beatiful capture the low POV, sharpness and the colorful eye contact.

Thanks for sharing.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-05-19 14:36]

Hello Sascha,
What a pretty bird from down in sunny Florida. The contrasting dark upper body compared to the light colored lower portion is quite beautiful. I like the deep red bill and eye ring, very distinct looking. Nicely focused and displaying wonderful detail.

Bonjour Sascha,
Agréable valorisation du sujet dans son environnement.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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