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Balancing Act


Balancing Act
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Copyright: Matt Cusack (Murex) (19)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-02-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 300D
Exposure: f/inf, 1/80 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-06-16 17:30
Viewed: 3368
Points: 0
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus) is large shorebird that has a range in North America that extends from along the entire Atlantic seaboard. The most common range has a northern limit near Connectict. The species grows to 17.5-inches, and has a 32-inch wing span. They primarily feed upon molluscs and crustacean meiofauna within the swash zone of sandy beaches and shellbars.

This photo was taken near the rock jetty of Oregon Inlet. The weather was overcast with the threat of periodic rain showers. It was nearing dusk, and the light was beginning to slide. You can tell that is was cold (February) and windy as many shorebirds balance on one leg and insulate the other leg in the feathers. After a while, they switch legs. That helps them thermoregulate their legs.

I used a Canon 300D attached to a Kowa TSN-823M flourite spotting scope on a Bogen tripod, with an estimated focal length of 850mm.


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