Couple More Sea Ranch Locals

Great Blue Heron

Black Oystercatcher

I’m still engaged in the shop these days but I thought I’d share these two images of frequent fliers along our coast here at Sea Ranch.  The large heron in flight is a Great Blue Heron and we see them quite frequently along the bluffs and in the coastal meadows.  The second image is of a Black Oystercatcher foraging along the mussel beds at Del Mar Point near the State Ecological Reserve.  I photographed these birds back in March as spring was getting under way.  These birds, while quite common here, are nevertheless beautiful to behold.  The oystercatchers may not have the spectrum of colors of the GBH, but they have no trouble getting noticed due to their constant high-pitched chattering (similar to that of a Killdeer).  All part of the symphony of sounds and sights here along our coast.

Equipment: Nikon D3s; Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8 lens with 2x teleconverter.

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One Response to Couple More Sea Ranch Locals

  1. Chris Wendt says:

    Beauties, Phil! The Great Blue Heron is my favorite bird. (Snowy Owl is a close second).
    We have many Oyster Catchers in the salt marsh at West End. I’ve seen one actually catch an oyster!

    Chris

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