American Oystercatcher
Haematopus palliatus

f5.6 @ 1/1000s, ISO:2500, Nikon D300S w 500mm

"American Oystercatcher," Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Oystercatchers are closely tied to coastal habitats. They nest on beaches on coastal islands and feed on marine invertebrates. The large, heavy beak is used to pry open bivalve mollusks. Oystercatchers raise a clutch of two or three eggs. In winter, they are found in flocks along the coast from central New Jersey to the Gulf of Mexico.
Aransas NWR, Texas