All American Oystercathcher shots are uncropped.
The Nature Conservancy
Cape May Point, NJ
1. Least tern w/ Fish. His 3 mating attempts were unsuccessful.
2. More unsuccessful courtship. A second breeding season has occurred because the fish crows are eating the least tern eggs.
IMAGE LINK: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jmccoy73/5930791569/ 2011.07.12 Male least Tern w/ Fish 2 by Avalon Sunset, on Flickr
3. This was the tern's final attempt before he flew off.
IMAGE LINK: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jmccoy73/5930791573/ 2011.07.12 Male least Tern w/ Fish 3 by Avalon Sunset, on Flickr
4. Mother American Oystercatcher foraging with her fledglings
IMAGE LINK: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jmccoy73/5930791577/ 2011.07.12 American Oystercatcher w/ Sand Crab by Avalon Sunset, on Flickr
5. A fledgling shows her mother appreciation for giving her a sand crab.
IMAGE: http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6021/5930791599_431023465d_b.jpg 2011.07.12 American Oystercatcher w/ Fledgling by Avalon Sunset, on Flickr
6. Mother observes her fledgling eating a sand crab along the drift line which mother had brought up from the Delaware Bay.
IMAGE: http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6130/5930791603_90dab5f51a_b.jpg 2011.07.12 American Oystercatcher w/ Fledgling 2 by Avalon Sunset, on Flickr
7. The fledgling again shows appreciation to mom.
IMAGE: http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6007/5930840641_74e1a09fb3_b.jpg 2011.07.12 Mother and Fledgling by Avalon Sunset, on Flickr
8. Father keeps a careful eye on his mate and fledglings foraging in the Delaware Bay below.
IMAGE: http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6150/5930841073_3cf4f93303_b.jpg 2011.07.11 American Oystercatcher by Avalon Sunset, on Flickr