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Keywords:American Oystercatcher, Assateague Island, Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Estuary, Haematopus palliatus, Virginia, bird, coastal, eastern shore, food, foraging, marsh, oyster, prey, shore, spring, tidal marsh, wetland
Photo Info

Dimensions7200 x 4800
Original file size20.5 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken16-May-16 16:33
Date modified12-Mar-17 21:32
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeNIKON CORPORATION
Camera modelNIKON D810
Focal length600 mm
Focal length (35mm)600 mm
Max lens aperturef/4
Exposure1/320 at f/5.6
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias-1/3 EV
Exposure modeAuto
Exposure prog.Aperture priority
ISO speedISO 100
Metering modePattern
Digital zoom1x
AmericanOystercatcher_JF92945

AmericanOystercatcher_JF92945

Photographed in tidal wetlands near Chincoteague Island. American Oystercatchers are surely one of the more comical characters of the bird world with their dramatic, thick orange bill and matching eye-ring.

Oystercatchers develop the skill of using their thick bill to pierce clam and oyster shells in just the right spot to prevent the shell from closing, enabling the bird access to the meal inside.

This was almost a "grab shot" as we unexpectedly came upon him/her hunting and catching what appears to be a clam right before our eyes - and thankfully right in front of my lens! Thanks to my traveling buddy for being willing to pull over and wait as the Oystercatcher hunted a meal and I hunted the Oystercatcher.