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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 and mussel beds in Pacific Grove and at Crystal Cove State park, both in California.   If you look carefully, you can see the black mark on the iris of the bird in several pictures.   This gives them the look of having a damaged pupil, but is common in black oystercatchers (I'm not sure if it is a sexual difference).   More photos of this species are here.

  • Canon 1D Mk. II, 1D3, 1D4, or 7D2; 500 mm f4 IS lens plus 1.4X or 2X converter or 800 mm IS lens, some with 1.4X converter, some with fill-in flash; (2004, 2005, 2013, 2016)