Had some great birding this weekend thanks to the holiday allowing me some extra time. Am still processing all the photos so thought I'd share something from last fall. This was my first sight of a Black Oystercatcher on a Southern California beach (had previously seen them up north). Shots were taken at Crystal Cove, CA on 10/10/15:
With their pink legs, orange/red beaks and yellow eyes, these birds are quite dramatic-looking.
Here he is patrolling one of the tide pools...with lots of barnacles on the rocks.
Love that beak color!
Catching some spray!
Stopping to pose...
...and then grabbing a snack.
Somebody needs to work on their leg tan.