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American Oystercatcher

American Oystercatcher
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Copyright: Selen Ediger (SelenE) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM, Hoya 77mm Super-HMC CPL MCPRO1
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of South America, Birds of Ecuador [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-08 7:38
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American Oystercatcher
Haematopus palliatus

An American Oystercatcher on lava rocks in Egas Port of Santiago Island. Egas Port has a long lava shoreline where eroded rock formations house an excellent variety of wildlife. And for me the black lava provided an excellent bacground.

American Oystercatcher is a heavily built shorebird. Underparts white, and breast, head, wings and back black. A white wing patch and rump are visible in flight. Striking, long, powerful red bill, laterally flattened to help open bivalves. Eyes yellow with a red ring around them. Feet and legs flesh coloured. The call is a shrill “kle-e-ep”. Nesting takes place between october and march. The chicks leave the nest immediately on hatching.
*Wildlife of the Galapagos
Julian Fitter,Daniel Fitter,David Hosking
Princeton Pocketguides, ISBN 0-691-10295-3

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. (wikipedia)

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Haematopodidae
Genus: Haematopus
Species: H. palliatus
Binomial name : Haematopus palliatus
Temminck, 1820

Best viewed: Widespread throughout the Galapagos Islands.

Exposure Program: Manual
Exposure Time: 1/160
F-Stop: f/5.6
ISO Speed Ratings: 100
Focal Length: 400 mm (full frame)
Date Taken: 2007-04-26 08:00
Metering Mode: Average

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-06-08 7:50]

Hi Selen,
I happen to like Oystercatchers and it is nice to see the many different species around the world. Good picture of this american oystercatcher.
Regards, Jacob

Hi Selen. Great detail and colour on the oystercatcher. You have managed perfectly to make him stand out against the black of the lava rocks. The red beak and eye really stand out.

New Zealand

Hello Selen!
Wonderful! This red/black colour - fantastic. The pose is superb, also sharpness.
I love it ;)

çok güzel bir görüntü koyu fonda kırmızı gaga ve nazar boncugu göz işi bitirmiş ellerine saglık Selen.

Hi Selen,
Difficult fellows to capture due to the overall black colouration plus they always busy IME...
In addition you have the dark background as well...
Nevertheless you managed to get a decent and interesting shot.

Great shot again Selen.
What a beautiful contrast beteen the darker BG and the bright saturated colors of the birds eye and bill.
Sharpness is extreem good and composition perfect.
Excellent work. Thanks for sharing.
Warm regards and have a great weekend, Harry

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-06-08 9:18]

Hello Selen,
Great capture of an American Oystercatcher, the lighting, striking red bill, eye and pose allowing it to stand out against the dark rock BG.
Superb shot!
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-06-08 9:32]

Merhaba Selen,
Çok zor bir konu olmasına karşılık 4/4 lük pozlamışsın.Netlik kontrast ve kadraj da mükemmel.Selamalr,ellerine sağlık!

great pose nice colors wonderful detail in the black feathers good DOF

Hi Selen,
This is an interesting capture of the Oystercatcher.
Obviously it wasn't too near a nest,otherwise it would be coming straight at you.
You've got good DOF here considering the POV.
You did a good job.
We have 2 species here, pied and variable.
I have posted one previously and will post another soon.
Cheers,and thanks for sharing.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-06-08 13:57]

Hello Selen,
Another beauty from you. Great sharpness and the yellow eye and red beak in the dark surroundings is marvelous! Great timing. Together with the perfect POV and composition is this a master-piece!

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-06-08 17:22]

Hola Selen,
buena captura,
el bg, y el color el ave son parecidos...
hermosa iluminación en pico y ojos,
buen trabajo amiga,

Hi Selen ,
very nice image with lovely mood.
composition is excellent and colours is amazing too.sharpness shot.
Aperfect capture.

Siyah fonla beraber renkleri bu kadar benzeyen bu güzel kuşu çok iyi çekmişsin, renkleri çok beğendim, ilginç bir poz.

Lovely detail in the plumage, strong colors and nice pose, good camera work!


Hi Selen,

A really beautiful picture. I have never seen this bird before. I like the picture very much. Well done.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-06-09 18:17]

Hi Selen. What a bright eyed thing this is . very good use of the light. against the dark background. good details and sharp focus. very well done TFS.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-06-11 6:38]

Hello Selen,
Striking capture of this Oystercatcher with the red colours accentuated by the lava in the background. Great sharpness and beautiful details of the plumage. Excellent composition!
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • ciccio Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 221 W: 50 N: 338] (2751)
  • [2007-06-11 18:02]

Hola Selen, maravillosa toma. Un colorido excepcional. I like. TFS.

José Luis

Bellos colores los de este ostrero.
Una luz estupenda que deja al descubierto hermosos detalles, como el del ojo.
Saludos Selen, JL.

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-06-16 15:09]

Merhaba Selen,
Harika renkler ve kontrast. Göz ve gagadaki kirmizi etkileyici. Tek ayak üstünde duruyor gibi. Hosçakal,

WOW , excellent comp. of strange bird in exantric pose , very right exposured black tones , color saturation super , i like much , TFS .

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