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Beautiful bill-level view of Black Oystercatchers

Black Oystercatchers (Haematopus bachmani), Dockweiler State Beach, Los Angeles, California, February 17, 2013, 10:40 a.m., by Donna Schulman
Black Oystercatchers (Haematopus bachmani), Dockweiler State Beach, Los Angeles, California, February 17, 2013, 10:40 a.m., by Donna Schulman

During a February trip to Los Angeles, subscriber Donna Schulman went to Dockweiler State Beach hoping to see Snowy Plover, a potential life bird. The plover didn’t show, but when two Black Oystercatchers flew in and landed less than 20 feet away, Donna was thrilled. She knelt down slowly until her camera was bill-level with the birds.

Subscriber Donna Schulman of Queens, New York
Subscriber Donna Schulman of Queens, New York

“The oystercatchers stayed for two and a half minutes,” she tells us, “and in that time I got 12 photographs in several brief bursts.” She posted the photo above to our Flickr group.

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