Do you have pictures of birds on the Oregon coast with fish in their mouths or talons?

We’re looking for pictures of coastal birds – i.e. marine and estuarine birds – that have fish, crabs, squid, octopus or other marine invertebrates in their bills or talons.

If so, we need your help!

By submitting your photographs of birds, like a tufted puffin with fish in its bill or an osprey with a fish in its talons, you can help us to learn about how these birds’ diets are different along the Oregon coast, what they are feeding their chicks and how their prey choices might be changing over time

Pictures that we can use

We can use pictures of varying quality for our diet studies. That said, we do need to be able to identify the fish/intertidal prey in the bird’s possession. Here are some examples of pictures that we have received and satisfy our project expectations:

In each of the above photos the birds bills or talons are clearly visible and identification of their prey at the species level is possible.

Pictures that we can not use

We’re not saying your pictures aren’t beautiful, we promise, but there are some photos that we just can’t use for this project. Pictures in which the lighting causes extreme glare or where the distance to the individual is too far make it extremely challenging to confidently identify the fish in their bills or talons. The following are examples of pictures that we would not be able to use:

However, always er on the side of optimism. We would rather receive photos that we cannot ultimately use than miss out on photos that we can use!

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