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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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Oystercatcher Feeding on ???

Here is another Oystercatcher shot from the Texas City dike.  He was feeding on a carcass of some kind but not sure what it was.  Got some nice wave action in the background.

Taken with Canon 1DX and Canon 500mm F4 IS II with 1.4x III teleconverter, handheld out the car window

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Oystercatcher in Flight

Tried to make a trip to Bolivar Flats yesterday but couldn’t get there as it looked like I might get my car stuck in the sand with all of the rain that the Houston area had last week.  Ended up heading to the Texas City dike in search of the elusive American Oystercatcher.  Found him in the usual spot and got this shot as he flew off.

Taken with Canon 1DX and Canon 500mm F4 IS II with 1.4X teleconverter, handheld out the car window

1/1600 sec @ F16, ISO 1600, evaluative metering

 

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American Oystercatcher

After a not overly productive morning at Bolivar Flats, started to head back to the car but the large amount of seaweed on the beach made me take a detour back off shore to walk along a sandbar, which turned out to be the best decision of the day.  Ended up lying down to take photos of a couple of Willets when I heard a non-typical bird for this area and looked up to see this American Oystercatcher circle above me as he was coming in for a landing.  Luckily he landed close off to my right.  Had to carefully rotate my ‘ol body around without spooking him to get into shooting position.  He looked around and then walked away, which allowed enough time to squeeze off several shots.  A great end to a good day at Bolivar Flats.

Taken with Canon 1DX with Canon 500mm F4 IS II lens and 1.4X III teleconverter mounted on Skimmer ground pod with Wimberley II gimbal head

1/640 sec @ F10, ISO 1600, evaluative metering, +1 exposure compensation, aperture priority

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1/640 sec @ F10, ISO 1600, evaluative metering, +1 exposure compensation, aperture priority

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1/1000 sec @ F10, ISO 1600, evaluative metering, +1 exposure compensation, aperture priority

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American Oystercatcher Close-up’s

I thought that this trip was going to be a bust.  Headed to Bolivar flats before sunrise and found high tide, no exposed sandbars and waves in the gulf.  Also forgot to put my rubber boots back into the car.  Listened to my gut and turned the car around and headed to the Texas City Dike to look for my Oystercatcher buddies.  It took some searching but I found one of them in the usual spot walking along the edge of the dike looking for, guess what, Oysters.  Got lucky as he found one in my line of sight.  Was able to get another shot of one walking in my direction, which is always a cool perspective.  The morning turned out better than anticipated.  It’s always good to have a plan B in mind when heading out to the field.

Had the 1.4x attached and got almost full framed shots.  Considered taking the teleconverter off as I was almost too close but didn’t want to take the time and lose more shots.

Taken with Canon 7D and Canon 500mm F4 IS II with 1.4x III teleconverter out the car window, setting lens on my bean bag

1/1000 sec @ F7.1, ISO 400, evaluative metering, -1/3 exposure compensation, 700mm

1/1600 sec @ F7.1, ISO 400, evaluative metering, -1/3 exposure compensation, 700mm

1/1250 sec @ F7.1, ISO 400, evaluative metering, -1/3 exposure compensation, 700mm


American Oystercatcher

Found this Oystercatcher at the Texas City dike a few weeks ago.  He was strutting his stuff while walking towards me.  Took the shot while handholding my new 500mm lens out the car window on my first weekend outing with it.  Made a good first impression…the bird and the lens.

Taken with Canon 7D and Canon 500mm F4 IS II lens

1/1250 sec @ F5.6, ISO 250, evaluative metering, +1/3 exposure compensation