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By Andysnapper

Today an Oystercatcher in the rain, although he was far less bothered about the downpour than I was.

Some info courtesy of the RSPB.

The oystercatcher is a large, stocky, black and white wading bird. It has a long, orange-red bill and reddish-pink legs. In flight, it shows a wide white wing-stripe, a black tail, and a white rump that extends as a 'V' between the wings. Because it eats cockles, the population is vulnerable if cockle beds are overexploited. Breeds on almost all UK coasts; over the last 50 years, more birds have started breeding inland. Most UK birds spend the winter on the coast; where they are joined on the east coast by birds from Norway.
Possible to see on almost all coasts of the UK. Look for breeding birds in summer at RSPB coastal reserves. In winter, you can see large numbers on major estuaries, such as Morecambe Bay. Their diet consists mainly of mussels and cockles on the coast; mainly worms inland.

Thanks for looking and have a great week.


Tags: Birds General Oystercatcher Wildlife and nature

Voters: CarolG, 213hardy, NDODS and 23 more

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
16 Jun 2014 6:32AM
An excellent capture, Andy. Carol

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NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2014 6:39AM
An informative and interesting pre-narrative supported by a great capture.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2014 7:15AM
A super shot of this enchanting bird and a fascinating narrative.
SUE118 Plus
10 8 1 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2014 7:16AM
Super capture Andy.Smile
16 Jun 2014 7:40AM
A wonderful capture Andy GrinGrin

barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2014 7:45AM
Quirky capture
Mollycat Plus
4 11 2 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2014 10:20AM
Givining you the eye Andy in your excellent capture.
JuBarney 7 26 3 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2014 5:37PM
A super shot
netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
16 Jun 2014 6:29PM
A lovely colour and detailed imageSmile
17 Jun 2014 5:37AM
Eye to the sky, maybe looking for predators?
Dirty beak, from digging & those raindrops...
A lot going on here, Andy. I like this one.


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