Photo of the Week: American Oystercatcher

9/9/2013 | 1

©2013 Danny Sauvageau

American Oystercatcher ©2013 Danny Sauvageau

An American Oystercatcher forages as the surf from the Gulf of Mexico bubbles around its bill and legs at Honeymoon Island State Park in Dunedin, Florida.

Danny Sauvageau of St. Petersburg got down on one knee to get the low-angle shot. He used a Canon Digital Rebel XT and a 100-400mm lens.

When each wave crashed into the oystercatcher, the bird “would pull his head up fast and walk up the beach away from the wave,” Danny tells us. “He would go right back to digging as soon as the water left.” Every so often, Danny saw the bird grab a meal.

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  • Paul O’Toole

    Love this. Nice timing on the water action.