American Oystercatcher

1/640s at f14.0 ISO:800, Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, EF400mm f/4 DO IS USM +1.4x

The American Oystercatchers are closely tied to coastal habitats. They nest on beaches, on coastal islands and feed on marine invertebrates. The large heavy beak is used to pry open bivalve molluscs. Oystercatchers raise a clutch of two or three eggs. In winter, they are found in flocks along the coast from central New Jersey to the Gulf of Mexico. Although Oystercatcher populations are low, the species is not protected under the Endangered Species Act. Oystercatchers are listed as a species of concern in several states because of low and declining populations, and threats to coastal habitats. Threats include development and recreational use of nesting beaches.
Rockport, Texas