Thursday, April 9, 2015

the Baddest Shorebird

I'd never seen an Oystercatcher up close before.  They were much bigger than I expected.  Per Sibley heavier than Little Blue or Tricolored Heron, twice as heavy as a teal and a couple ounces bigger than a Wood Duck.

Here it is compared to a Sanderling

A Western gets too close for comfort...

They had a couple different feeding styles, sometimes getting low and probing forward,

at other times sewing like a dowitcher...

They two birds wandered around, I couldn't really get a sense of what they liked to feed in the best, they seemed equally interested in the exposed beach and the last of the tidewater.

Eventually they took flight and moved 30 yards down the beach.

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