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Black oystercatcher        Images © Mark A. Chappell

This bird, with its brilliant red bill, fleshy-colored feet, and loud piping calls, lives in rocky coastal areas of the Pacific states; these were in tide pools at Crystal Cove State Park in Orange County and in Pebble beach in Monterey County, California.   If you look carefully, one bird has a dark bill tip; I think this is characteristic of juveniles.   Eggs are laid on rocky areas and the chicks emerge as fluffy gray-black balls with long legs and short bills.   More photos of this species are here.

  • Canon 1D4, R5, or Olympus E M1X with adapter; 800 mm IS lens, some with 1.4X converter, some with fill-in flash; (2014, 2022)