Birds at Low Tide

This Yellow Crowned Night Heron appears to have been injured beneath the lower bill.  While it's difficult to tell how serious the wound is, the fact that it's eating is a positive sign.  Here, it tenderizes a crab before swallowing it down. To freeze the crab in the air, I used a fast shutter speed of 1/500.

Below, a Willet rests on a natural perch created by a downed tree.  These birds are identified by their long straight bill, and piercing call.  They come to New York in the summer to breed.  To blur the background I shot this with a wide aperture of f5.6.  Photos taken at Oceanside Marine and Nature Area, New York at low tide.

 

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