Oystercatchers are coastal birds. Black Oystercatchers like this one I photographed on the Pacific Coast near Monterey last week, spend their time foraging on rocks for mollusks. The bright reddish orange beak and eye ring are quite distinctive and contrast sharply with the bird’s black feathers. They provide color to an otherwise muted scene. This Black Oystercatcher is very focused on something in front of it and is approaching whatever it is with great stealth.

Nikon D5, Nikkor 500mm PF, Nikon 1.4 Teleconverter. Handheld.

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