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American Oystercatcher Flying Over Surf

This American Oystercatcher had been standing in the surf. He got a running start then smoothly took off with one full beat of his wings.

American Oystercatcher in Flight
American Oystercatcher in Flight

It was just after dawn and he was flying directly into the sun, which I think must not affect birds’ eyes the way it does mine.

American Oystercatcher in Flight
American Oystercatcher in Flight

The incoming tide created a nice series of waves behind the bird.

American Oystercatcher in Flight
American Oystercatcher in Flight

He let out a  squawk for good measure before he disappeared down the beach.

American Oystercatcher in Flight
American Oystercatcher in Flight

American Oystercatchers in the Surf

The American Oystercatchers I featured in yesterday’s post, American Oystercatchers Flying In, landed fairly close to me but back lit by the just risen sun. I continued down the beach past them, then turned back to see what they were up to.

American Oystercatchers in ocean surf
American Oystercatchers in ocean surf

They were strutting around in the low surf. True to their name, they mostly eat oysters or will probe for other food.

American Oystercatchers in ocean surf
American Oystercatchers in ocean surf

There was no oyster bed here and these two didn’t seem interested in hunting. They soon took off.

American Oystercatcher Taking Off
American Oystercatcher Taking Off

American Oystercatchers Flying In

American Oystercatchers tend to announce themselves in flight with a high pitched call which is good for the photographer wanting to capture flying action.
American Oystercatchers in Flight
Pair of American Oystercatchers in Flight over ocean

Just after the sun came up on Sunday I heard these two coming and fortunately for me they were flying towards the sun.

American Oystercatchers in Flight
American Oystercatchers in Flight

They flew out over the ocean, past part of the dead tree “boneyard” before touching down in the surf.

American Oystercatchers in Flight
American Oystercatchers in Flight

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