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Saligo Bay oystercatcher, Isle of Islay

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Saligo Bay oystercatcher, Isle of Islay
Argyll and Bute - Saligo, Strathclyde, Scotland
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About the photo:

I came to Saligo Bay, hoping to photograph the sunset, as the bay faces roughly west. No such luck, as the cloud cover really prevented a nice sunset. Then I noticed this oystercatcher perched upon a low rock near the shore. The light of the sun reflected off the water behind him, outlining the bird in colours of gold and yellow, and the breaking waves behind the little fellow make a perfect backdrop. It took several goes to time the shutter just right to capture the bird outlined by the surf and sun.

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