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Australian Pied Oystercatcher

Australian Pied Oystercatcher (Image ID 44557)
Photographed byNathan Watson on Fri 24th Jul, 2020 and uploaded on Mon 1st Feb, 2021 .
Resolution1800x1241
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ID44557
CommentI wasn’t expecting this fella to pull a party trick, but I’m glad he did because it not only created a strong pose, the behaviour adds extra interest. This image was really a product of perseverance – like most good bird photos are. Despite being plentiful, I had struggled up to this point to get a unique shot of these birds. One of their eye-catching features is that bright orange bill, and I wanted to find a composition that allowed the image to show it off. It all came together on a calm, July morning at one of my favourite shorebird locations. Eyeing three birds snoozing on the beach, I crawled as close as I could without disturbing them and began shooting, using a shell-covered sand ridge as a narrow foreground to anchor the frame. That splendid bill grabs the light and really pops as it delicately works a feather through its tip.
EquipmentCanon EOS 1DX MKII, Sigma Sports 150-600mm, F/6.3, 1/2500, ISO 640 and post processed using DPP4 and PS.
LocationAlbany, Western Australia
Keywordsadult, behaviour/display
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