"Oystercatcher Nest" Wed 09-May-12 03:26 PM by nrothschild
Not often I get to shoot a nesting Oystercatcher so close that 700mm is too much. This is image is uncropped. After shooting this I took the TC off. I just wish I had the opportunity to redo this session at first light but I became aware of the nest a few hours after first light and it took some time to figure out the routine.
Edit: In truth, not often I get to even see an Oystercatcher nest, period
The male and female share the job of brooding the eggs, switching maybe once every half hour or so. They occasionally vacate the nest for a few minutes here and there, usually to fly off with some friends (?). Or maybe to firmly establish and defend the territory. I shot the nest and the general goings on around the nest for about an hour and a hlaf, until the light got too harsh to do anything more productive with it.
D300 500/4 AFS + TC14E-II @700mm 1/400s f/11 ISO 200
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