The goal of my trip to the Texas City Dike last weekend was to find Oystercatchers. Didn’t find any in the usual spot so I kept driving down the 5 mile long dike looking along the rocks on the north side. Got a glimpse of something white on a bird and pulled off of the road to check it out. Found 4 Oystercatchers walking along the rocks. They would jump/fly from rock to rock, which provided some nice photo op’s with outstretched wings.
Ended up following them for about 45 minutes until a 5th Oystercatcher flew in. They then displayed “piping” behavior (last photo) for a few minutes and then all five flew off together.
Taken with Canon 1DX and Canon 500mm F4 IS II with 1.4X III teleconverter out the car window using a photography beanbag for support.
Aperture priority, 1/1600 sec @ F9, IS 1600, evaluative metering
Aperture priority, 1/2000 sec @ F10, IS 1600, evaluative metering, +1/3 exposure compensation
Aperture priority, 1/1250 sec @ F10, IS 800, evaluative metering, – 1/3 exposure compensation