American Oystercatcher, Haematopus palliatus:
Fort Desoto State Park; Saint Petersburg, Florida
Four more images of the American Oystercatchers I photographed at Fort Desoto State Park during the first week of March. I enjoyed this shoot so much. I really love photographing shorebirds and the oystercatcher is one of my favorites. This oystercatcher was totally unexpected when I saw it fly onto the beach. I was cautious in my approach fearing that I would frighten it to flight. But much to my surprise it seem to have no fear of my presence and came so close to me at times that I could not focus the lens. I love being in such close quarters with wildlife, especially when they go about their natural behavior.