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Pied Oyster Catcher

Pied Oyster Catcher
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Copyright: Peter Parata (eosnut) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 647 W: 285 N: 2085] (13374)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-06
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon 5D, Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-06 0:32
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Points: 22
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We called in to Kaiaua (pronounced Ky-awa) to sample the famous fish and chips, along with half the population of the North Island it seemed.
Down at the beach, just minutes away, were four Pied Oyster Catchers. They don't keep still for more than a second. This is one of the good shots, taken at 7pm tonight as this one marched briskly up and down the beach.

Most South Island pied oystercatchers breed in the South Island or lower North Island, then fly to feeding sites, particularly Kaipara Harbour, Manukau Harbour and the Firth of Thames. They use similar sites to godwits, which depart north towards the Arctic to breed around the time the oystercatchers arrive from the south.

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Hi Peter,

Wonderful shot of a really nice bird, the detail is great particularly in the eye, and good POV too.


Bonjour Peter
Superbe cadrage pour cette composition de très bonne qualité.Une image nette et bien exposée.Du très bon ouvrage.
Bonne journée.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2008-02-06 1:50]

Boy! Is he striding out. No doubt looking for some fish before you eat them all.
I've never noticed their pink legs before. Good sharp capture Pete.
I've seen them up on the coast north of here too.
So you weren't up at Waitangi today?

Hi Peter,
very nice and clear image, atractive colours,
excellent done...

Have a nice day my friend!


Hi Pete,
Great shot, good colour and details, I like the position in the frame and the way you have caught the splash from the foot.
Well done
Regards Andy

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 114 N: 2985] (16653)
  • [2008-02-06 12:37]

Hi Peter,

Beautiful captured my dear, so sharp and strong in contrast, great details and lighting. :D Great work my friend,


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  • ttreen Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1317 W: 129 N: 3792] (15759)
  • [2008-02-06 15:49]

Hi Peter,
Nice details on the little runner.. also I love the drops on his front foot... wonderful capture


Hi Peter

Strong colours and sharp detail. Well captured.



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  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2008-02-07 0:27]

wow, what a great shot !

congrats and thanks,
ps.I'll be back with points

Hello Peter!
Great composition and wonderful colours and detail in your close-up!
Excellent done, again!
I like very much the frame, too!
Best regards!

...I return... :)

Hi Peter,Very nice and lovely photo.
Best regards,

.. (:

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