Jason Stewart  

Oystercatcher by Jason Stewart

June 2022 - Oystercatcher

About the Image(s)

I just got back from Assateague island on Saturday. During my stay there I came across a family of Oystercatchers that were reliably on the beach every morning before the crows arrived. I took some time to watch the parents interacting with the chicks who stay with mom and dad until about five weeks of age where they learn to fly. Oystercatchers mate for life and both assist in raising the young. I used topaz denoise on this since they were active between the hours of 0500-0700. I used my canon IDXii with Canon 400mm 2.8 accompanied by a 2x converter 1/1000 sec. f/5.6 800 mm auto iso at 8000.

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6 comments posted

Dr Isaac Vaisman   Dr Isaac Vaisman
(Groups 4 & 58 & 59 & 72)
Jason, parenthood at its best. Your low vantage point at bird level, and the use of 800 mm wide open gave you a perfect non distracting background. Obviously this adult has been tagged more than once. Patience pays off. Image very sharp, but a bit dark   Posted: 06/10/2022 11:56:54

Frank St-Pierre   Frank St-Pierre
Doesn't get cuter than that. Could you see the chick had a critter in its beak before the shot, or just luck?

If it were mine, I'd rotate slightly to make it horizontal, and if there was room enough before crop, put a but more space in front of the subject instead of centering. But an eye catcher nonetheless.
  Posted: 06/11/2022 15:35:19
Jason Stewart   Jason Stewart
I like your suggestion. I didn't notice that it was a little heavy to the left until you noted it. I saw that the father was picking things up off the shore and trying to feed them so I did see it even though it was rather small.   Posted: 06/14/2022 16:26:17

Michael Weatherford   Michael Weatherford
Jason that's a really nice shot. Tells a good story and the chick looks cute with the food (or whatever) in its beak. I agree the birds could be lightened up a bit to show off the feathers more, although you caught the natural lighting very well. Focus looks perfect to me with foreground and background nicely blurred. Good!   Posted: 06/11/2022 15:48:54

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
First I do not ind the seemingly down hill slope of the image. To me it looks like it is sloping downward toward the water and the birds are walking the water edge looking for a meal. I feel it adds to the story.. But what do I know? :-)

I feel like this a strong capture, well composed and exposed. My only issue is the lack of sharpness of the plumage. After reading your description this is clearly the result of the elevated ISO to 8000. This is a fine image, but not one that would likely do well in a competition because when viewed they would not know abut the elevated ISO and just assume it lacks sharpness.

Personally I wish there was just a bit of detail in the large black head area,

  Posted: 06/16/2022 11:54:20

David Kepley   David Kepley
Kudos for capturing this moment. You have great separation between the two birds and the two legs also are separated. Excellent! You have momma or daddy bird in a protective position over junior! And you have junior with a morsel in his/her mouth! Excellent. I'm not bothered by the downward slant to the right.

Have you thought about cloning out the identification bands on the bid bird's legs?   Posted: 06/23/2022 13:47:38