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Walking along the Clyde beach at the weekend I spotted an adult pair of Oyster Catchers (yesterday upload) with 3 young. The adults created a lot of noise and adopted their distraction strategies trying to lead me away from their young. I managed to snap them quickly before leaving them in peace. Further along the beach I came across another pair with only one chick and couldn't help fling that they must have lost others to predators. There was a heron around and cormorants. I guess they could have been responsible.
Apologies for the photographic quality (distracting background and overall quality) but had crop and enlarge. I didn't want to get too close to the chicks and cause the adults even more anguish. I just thought it was worth posting for the subject matter.
I have knocked back the highlights on the white feathers, lightened the shadows around the head and sharpened in PS. Processed from a RAW file.
All criticisms gratefully accepted as always.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D90 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikkor 70-300VR Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:18 Jul 2011 - 12:47 PM
Focal Length:300mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/9.5
Shutter Speed:1/180sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:No Flash
Title:Oyster Catcher Fledgling
Username:PaulLiley PaulLiley
Uploaded:20 Jul 2011 - 7:37 AM
Tags:'oyster catcher', Bird, Fledgling, Seabird, Wildlife / nature
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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jul 2011 - 7:43 AM

always nice to get a first paul great comp wonderful detail a belter nice one Wink
andy

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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jul 2011 - 8:18 AM

A super and lovely capture,very well done,
saeid

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EAS
EAS e2 Member 5EAS vcard Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jul 2011 - 8:30 AM

So very cute! You did well.

Ann

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gingerdelight
20 Jul 2011 - 10:03 AM

Well captured under difficult circumstances - you were right not to get too close. Let's hope that this little fellow survives.
Carol

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Samuel_Aron
20 Jul 2011 - 2:44 PM

Lovely capture!
Sam.

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achieverswales
20 Jul 2011 - 6:07 PM

So cute Paul.

Regards

Trev.

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2011 - 6:43 AM

A lovely capture - Let's hope it survives - fingers crossed

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accipiter
accipiter e2 Member 4accipiter vcard England57 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2011 - 6:56 AM

Good capture and an interesting series and story. A

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lobski
lobski  3 Philippines1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2011 - 9:56 AM

Very well captured and super cute!

Fred Grin

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evelen
evelen  9 England
21 Jul 2011 - 6:23 PM

excellent capture.
eve.

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sweetpea62
sweetpea62 e2 Member 4sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2011 - 11:05 PM

A lovely capture Paul.Well done..Lin

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bayleaf1
bayleaf1  4 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2011 - 9:22 AM

Super cute indeed. Wonderful capture.
John.

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xwang
xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jul 2011 - 1:49 PM

Oh... how lovely! Nothing looks like their parentsSmile Excellent capture!
Jasmine

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LexEquine
LexEquine  8 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jul 2011 - 4:59 PM

Excellent capture...LEx Wink

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kathyg15
kathyg15  4 United States
22 Jul 2011 - 5:02 PM

Very pretty little guy, fabulois job paul!!,,,Kathy

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Shellio  3 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jul 2011 - 6:26 PM

Lovely cute image with great comp.
Shell

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Michaela_Solway
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22 Jul 2011 - 10:49 PM

sweet image- well caught!

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23 Jul 2011 - 11:33 AM

A wonderful capture
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