sooty oystercatcher

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Oystercatchers are large dumpy waders with long bladelike bills for opening bivalved molluscs and this pair of black ones are called Sooty Oystercatchers. I always see them on a nearby beach with the pretty name of Serenity, just the two of them wandering around the rocks. They seem very content in their abode with its nice bay for swimming and a long expanse of rocks for them to explore. They are about 50 cm in size and are much more solitary in nature than the Australian Pied Oystercatcher which prefers to hang around in small groups on sandy beaches and mudflats.

6 thoughts on “sooty oystercatcher

    Donkey Whisperer Farm said:
    March 10, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Simply amazing looking birds, GOD is amazing.

      margosnotebook responded:
      March 10, 2013 at 3:20 pm

      He hasn’t done a bad job .. except with humans LOL

    kiwiskan said:
    March 10, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Your oyster-catcher legs are a little different – but the beaks are certainly the same

      margosnotebook responded:
      March 10, 2013 at 3:18 pm

      we have the pied ones with white bellies and apparently in the north the sooty’s have a yellow eye ring not red… i like them they are quiet and solitary (like me!)

    earthstonestation said:
    March 10, 2013 at 9:02 am

    The color of those beaks and eyes……I love this planet

      kiwiskan said:
      March 10, 2013 at 11:57 am

      Can’t help commenting – so do I

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