American Oystercatcher

Baby American Oystercatchers

July 9, 2023 - In mid-May, I went to Fort De Soto to check on the American Oystercatcher nest.... American Oystercatchers are a threatened species in Florida, in part due to habitat loss.... Read more

American Oystercatcher

Pleasant Morning at Fort De Soto

May 1, 2013 - There are a couple of breeding pairs of American Oystercatchers at North Beach, and often you find them together....  So I was surprised to find this American Oystercatcher resting by himself on the beach.... Read more

Escape to Fort De Soto

April 23, 2012 - At one point I looked up to see that an American Oystercatcher had landed in the surf and started to take a bath.  After the birds bathe for a while, they shake out their feathers, giving you great action shot opportunities.  The East Beach turnaround area is great for birdie…... Read more

Early Fall Migrants at Fort De Soto

July 24, 2011 - I was surprised to see no Reddish Egrets on this trip.  They are such fun to watch as they go fishing.  Another of my De Soto favorites is the American Oystercatcher pair that seems to hang out past the tree protruding into the ocean.  They've been there for the past…... Read more

Of Drunken Sailors and Crab Legs (Fort De Soto)

May 21, 2011 - Brown Pelican I went up on the dunes to search for the baby Wilson's Plovers.  I didn't find them, but I did run into several Willets who were hanging out in the beachy grasses.  I thought the soft grasses made a nice background for a portrait: Willet At the far…... Read more

Sunrise at Fort De Soto

April 23, 2011 - Yellow-Crowned Night Heron I saw my first American Oystercatcher along the shore and I positioned the Beast to photograph him.  As I focused, the bird started to run off and fuss.  "No!  Wait for me to get a picture first!"  But the bird was fussing because his mate was flying…... Read more