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Oyster Catcher Fledgling

By PaulLiley  
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.

Tags: Bird Seabird Fledgling Oyster catcher Wildlife and nature

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andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2011 7:43AM
always nice to get a first paul great comp wonderful detail a belter nice one Wink

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20 Jul 2011 8:18AM
A super and lovely capture,very well done,
EAS Plus
8 1 13 Scotland
20 Jul 2011 8:30AM
So very cute! You did well.

gingerdelight Plus
11 298 11 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2011 10:03AM
Well captured under difficult circumstances - you were right not to get too close. Let's hope that this little fellow survives.
Lovely capture!
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
20 Jul 2011 6:07PM
So cute Paul.


21 Jul 2011 6:43AM
A lovely capture - Let's hope it survives - fingers crossed
21 Jul 2011 6:56AM
Good capture and an interesting series and story. A
lobski Plus
6 2 1 Philippines
21 Jul 2011 9:56AM
Very well captured and super cute!

Fred Grin
21 Jul 2011 6:23PM
excellent capture.
21 Jul 2011 11:05PM
A lovely capture Paul.Well done..Lin
22 Jul 2011 9:22AM
Super cute indeed. Wonderful capture.
xwang Plus
8 56 8
22 Jul 2011 1:49PM
Oh... how lovely! Nothing looks like their parentsSmile Excellent capture!
22 Jul 2011 4:59PM
Excellent capture...LEx Wink
Very pretty little guy, fabulois job paul!!,,,Kathy
22 Jul 2011 6:26PM
Lovely cute image with great comp.
sweet image- well caught!
23 Jul 2011 11:33AM
A wonderful capture

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