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.