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Oystercatcher Action

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

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Aperture priority, 1/2000 sec @ F10, IS 1600, evaluative metering, +1/3 exposure compensation

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Aperture priority, 1/1250 sec @ F10, IS 800, evaluative metering, – 1/3 exposure compensation

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4 responses

  1. Terrific shots!

    May 1, 2016 at 6:55 am

  2. One of my favorite birds to photograph, especially when you can capture some action like you did. Great job.

    May 1, 2016 at 8:17 am

  3. Thanks Belinda.

    May 1, 2016 at 4:20 pm

  4. Thanks Stephen. They were very cooperative last weekend. Hope to make it back out there one of these day to find them again. They are fun to shoot.

    May 1, 2016 at 4:21 pm

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