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In the left corner, weighing almost nothing we have Oystercatcher Hatchling with mom coaching.
In the right corner, weighing about nothing, we have Oystercatcher Clumsy who is barely able to walk.
We had mist falling on Sunday morning when I arrived at Nickerson Beach, Long Beach Island, New York. I expected it to stop raining as that is what the radar made it look like. I found these oystercatcher hatchlings near their mom and started to photograph them from about 15 feet. I slowly moved in and eventually had them filling about Ĺ the frame. As they began to fight, they got closer and close making me back up as they came inside of my minimum focus distance. This happened a few times. If you look at the exif data you can see that Iíd zoomed back to about 200mm for quite a few. I was lying on my belly and mesmerized by what was taking place in front of me. I came back to reality when I filled the CF card and as I reached into my pocket to get a spare I realized that I was covered in sand and soaking wet. The rain was coming down at a steady pace and the wind was blowing which had resulted in my filter getting wet. This created a bit of a soft effect in the photos.
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