Shore Birds - American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus),

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American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus) is a member of family Haematopodidae. The bird is marked by its black and white body and a long, thick orange beak. This shorebird is approximately 19 inches (42 – 52 cm) in length.

It is found on the Atlantic coast of North America from New England to northern Florida, where it is also found on the Gulf coast. In the 19th century they became locally extinct in the northeast.

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.

Although Oystercatcher populations are low, the species is not protected under the Endangered Species Act.

These birds are not shy and will parade in relative close proximity to people. At least on Clearwater Beach.

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Comments (16) on March 31, 2010

I believe this is an American Oystercatcher, not a skimmer. Great photo, though.

Tomros on May 18, 2010

This is quite possible. Thanks for the correction. There was a sign on the beach which said that the Black Skimmer is Protected Florida Bird and the illustration looked like this bird. Tomas

Tomros on September 19, 2010

Removed from GE -815 Views

david cavaliere on December 13, 2010

i love to see these!

♠ Christian Latorre on January 14, 2011

TomRose A pleasure that you visited my gallery, and of course I have visited yours and with such magnificent photos of the beautiful city that is Toronto, (only in photos) I know, I enjoyed the pictures of mushrooms, yam yam. some will be poisonous but they are beautiful and I wanted this picture of this bird here called "Pilpilén" thank you for your comment. Based on its review of presentation, even so, I make a suggestion for you to make this note, I force myself to my visits. Thanks again. Greetings.

sogesehen on November 18, 2011

no comment F Manfred

Don Z on May 30, 2012

Beautiful capture! like 3/ Thanks for your visit, you are
always welcome to my gallery. Greetings, Don Z

Tomros on May 30, 2012

WOW, you found it!! a bit different colour, but definitely family!

BritPlom on November 12, 2012

Good photo!

They are more difficult to approach in my area!


Greetings, François

:-)Fiala(-: on June 21, 2013

Super scénka!L!


C haydeé on July 15, 2013

Hermosa imagen. Un fantástico macro. LIKE

Un amable saludo desde Argentina Chaydeé

Shain Paiment on August 4, 2013

Beautiful capture F+L

Tomros on August 5, 2013

thanks for your appreciation!

Fred Quader on January 17, 2014

L 8,F 3, very nice :)

Ana María Ossorio Ló… on January 26, 2014

Nice capture Tom!--like 9--AnaM

Leila Rs on February 6, 2014

Nice birds and great shot! Greetings, Leila :)

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on December 2, 2009
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Tomros
    • Camera: OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. FE20,X15,C25
    • Taken on 2009/11/28 13:22:33
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/400)
    • Focal Length: 18.90mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.900
    • ISO Speed: ISO64
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash