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Morning,

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.

Andy

Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Oystercatcher
Username:Andysnapper Andysnapper
Uploaded:16 Jun 2014 - 6:24 AM
Tags:Birds, General, Oystercatcher, Wildlife / nature
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CarolG
CarolG Plus Member 8185 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jun 2014 - 6:32 AM

An excellent capture, Andy. Carol

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NDODS
NDODS Plus Member 44299 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom117 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jun 2014 - 6:39 AM

An informative and interesting pre-narrative supported by a great capture.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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LynneJoyce
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16 Jun 2014 - 7:15 AM

A super shot of this enchanting bird and a fascinating narrative.

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16 Jun 2014 - 7:16 AM

Super capture Andy.Smile

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16 Jun 2014 - 7:40 AM

A wonderful capture Andy GrinGrin

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16 Jun 2014 - 7:45 AM

Quirky capture

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16 Jun 2014 - 10:20 AM

Givining you the eye Andy in your excellent capture.
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16 Jun 2014 - 5:37 PM

A super shot
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netta1234 Plus Member 3253 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jun 2014 - 6:29 PM

A lovely colour and detailed imageSmile
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17 Jun 2014 - 5:37 AM

Eye to the sky, maybe looking for predators?
Dirty beak, from digging & those raindrops...
A lot going on here, Andy. I like this one.

Simon

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