I Have My Eye On You

Variable oystercatcher

Haematopus unicolor

Walking along the track we came across this variable oystercatcher protecting the nest. As I approached it loudly sounded the alarm. To ensure the oystercatcher remained calm I could not get any closer. Its eyes locked onto the camera and watched my every move.

Queen Charlotte Track, Marlborough Sound, New Zealand

Sony ILCE-6000, 55–210mm at 136mm, 1/250, f/5.6, ISO 500, handheld

by Sophia Hamblin