|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|From my first trip to Kodiak Island in Feb/2011|
A large, conspicuous, and noisy bird of the Pacific Coast, the Black Oystercatcher can be found along rocky shores from Alaska to Baja California.
Large shorebird. Black head and body. Large red bill. Stout, dull pink legs. Eyes yellow, with surrounding ring of red skin.
Similar to adult, but bill duller and back with scaly light edges to feathers.
•Black Oystercatchers from Alaska to about Oregon are entirely black, but southward from there birds show increasing amounts of white feathers and browner (less black) abdomens.
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Hi Peter. Wow! The orange in these birds is fantastic. An orange eye must be rare. You framed it well with lots of breathing space. A wider DOF might have sharpened the background a bit. Not sure you wanted the background sharper though. Your camera captured the plumage very well. Just a wonderful natural shot! TFS Trevor