Black Oystercatchers Risk Predation When They Leave Their Nests

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This Black oystercatcher strolled a bit too far from its nest in search of a meal. NPS photo.

Incubating eggs in the harsh coastal expanses of Kenai Fjords National Park and Preserve in Alaska is tough business to start with, and with predators on the prowl, it becomes even more difficult to rear a brood.

Researchers at Kenai Fjords captured this sequence of events with a time-lapse camera at a Black Oystercatcher nest during the summer of 2013. They are studying the productivity and chick-rearing habits of these shorebirds.