Yesterday, I saw the unexpected at Carmel State Beach. I only had my phone, so I took a video of a black oystercatcher on the beach. I hadn’t seen one in nearly six years, consistent with reports of a decline in the species which nests in rocks along the northwest coastline. I know it’s justContinue reading “The Unexpected”
I’ve seen two black oystercatchers this year, prior to the Covid-19 lockdown. Ten years ago I saw this species everyday in the summer. This photo is from a few years ago–took from a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean along Big Sur. Coastal development and natural erosion threaten this bird which nests exclusively in coastal rockContinue reading “Black Oystercatcher”
Just like it reads in the bird guide books, the black oystercatcher is found on the rock coastline of the Pacific Ocean. As the coastline disappears because of rising sea levels, development and erosion, the oystercatcher is displaced. Yesterday, I spotted a pair on the rocks at Asilomar, three miles north of Carmel. This wasContinue reading “Black Oystercatcher Sighted!”
When it comes to noticeable bird eyes, the Black Oystercatcher gets my nod. They can be seen along the Big Sur shoreline. Took this shot at Garrapata beach with a telephoto lens–I was on a cliff overlooking the beach and was surprised by how vivid the bird’s “one eye” was from a great distance.
I was hiking along the Big Sur cliffs this week when I spotted a black oystercatcher taking a bath in low tide ocean waters. I was 200 feet above this bird which gave me an unusual shooting angle. Love those eyes!