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American Oystercatcher with Crab

Image # 1D2_03202

Santiago Island


Canon 100-400L/f4.5-5.6 IS at 400 mm

ISO 400, f/8, 1/800 second

Manual Metering



This is the same oystercatcher species that I have seen and photographed in the southeast U.S., and I was surprised to see them in the Galapagos. I just love the coloration and detail on these birds, so was happy to shoot them here as well. A day or so before this shot we had seen them, and I thought that it would really make for a good shot if one of them would catch and eat one of the extremely colorful Sally Lightfoot Crabs that we saw almost everywhere we went. Well, that's just what happened here. As can be seen, this was near mid-day, with the light coming from above and behind, not ideal for photography, but you take what you can get. It was great fun to watch and photograph him as he carried, pecked at, and ate from, the crab.