An American Oystercatcher Times Two

With their bright orange/red bills and matching eyes, along with their dull pink legs, I easily caught sight of two American Oystercatchers foraging around the Murrell’s Inlet salt marsh for a snack.

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American Oystercatchers feed almost exclusively on shellfish and other marine invertebrates including mussels and clams of many varieties, limpets, oysters, sea urchins, starfish, crabs, and worms.

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The pair finally got close enough to each other for me to get both in one frame.  Yay!

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39 thoughts on “An American Oystercatcher Times Two

  1. Yay indeed! I love oystercatchers, they seem to be calm and unhurried, at least the ones I’ve seen. I guess when you have a bill that showy there isn’t much point in trying to hide it. Great shots! 🙂

    • Thanks Lisa! You know, this pair was on the constant move and didn’t provide for much chance for still shots. I threw so many away, lol. Maybe my pair were really hungry, they were foraging away, or maybe they were nervous being in the channel. I checked ebird and found they were being recently seen by others. So they are possibly new to the area last week or so. It was cool sighting for me, and my best shots to date of these beauties! So I did do a little happy dance. 🙂

  2. Lovely photos Donna. These birds are quite eye catching, you can’t miss them. These American Oystercatchers look almost identical to our Pied Oystercatchers which we often see on the beaches. I love watching them wander along searching for food.

    • Thanks Sue. They were easy to spot with those bold beaks and continuous movement as they foraged along. How neat to have some birds we almost ‘share’ from oceans apart?!! 🙂

  3. I have seen and photographed oystercatchers before, but your photos really show the large size of the bills in a way I hadn’t really captured or noticed before. Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos!

    • Thanks Susan, they were a real treat, giving me my best shots of the AOs to date. 🙂 I want to return to see if they are still there once this cloudy weather improves. They’ve been hanging around there for little over a week now, sometimes along another channel so the distance is hard to work with. So glad they came a lot closer for a little foraging…and I was there! 🙂

  4. Great pics Donna, your oystercatcher is easily identified as they have their classic red beak. Your American looks very similar to our Pied Oystercatcher. Ours are becoming endangered as they lay their eggs on beaches where many people walk.

  5. Lovely photos of the oystercatchers. One of Eric’s (many) favorite birds! 😀 We get to see them here on the coast, most often at low or minus tides. Those red eyes and bills are so very helpful in identifying them!

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