Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Wild Bird Wednesday 266 - Oystercatcher

I like when things turn up in odd looking places.

I was out with a friend in a rowing boat on Esthwaite Water in the Lake District in the north-west of the UK looking for ospreys when I found these Oystercatchers (Haematopus ostralegus) sat on the roof of a boat shed.

I had been able to hear them for a while, but never thought of looking on a roof for a wader!  Finding these birds here in summer may suggest that they bred somewhere near as, over the last 50 years, more and more of these birds have moved inland, away from the coast, to breed. Given these pictures were taken in early June they may have had a nest somewhere near by.

I rather like the contrast between the birds and the architecture of the building.








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30 comments:

Margaret Adamson said...

i saw quie a number of Oystercatcherstoday as I was on a boat at Strangford but these shots of your are lovely Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful week.

Brian King said...

Very nice photos! I've always loved the bills on these birds! Quite handsome.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
...adapt and survive! YAM xx

Phil Slade said...

You don't say what month Stewart, but I'm guessing they had a nest very close by.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

OCs look good anywhere they wander. Very cool birds.

NatureFootstep said...

yes, that is an odd place for Oystercatchers :) But they seem to like it:)

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Those are nicely composed photos! Yes, it seems odd to see them on a roof.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, the Oystercatchers are cool birds. Love their long bills. It does seem odd to see them on a roof! Great photos, thanks for hosting. Enjoy your day and the week ahead!

Marie Smith said...

First of seen of these birds. Beautiful.

Beth said...

Striking birds Stewart.

Ranten said...

One of my favorite birds!

Andrea Priebe said...

Oh how I love the Oyster Catchers and I agree ... the harsh lines of the boat house against the soft lines of the birds is quite artistic and the moss is the piece de resistance :) I especially like the shot of the one bird yakety yaking at the other ... I am guessing you would assume it is the female ... hmmm. Could be ... we do like to yakety yak :) So, great catch, Stewart ...

Andrea @ From The Sol

Gordon said...

Nice shots Stewart, Yes I can remember my Dad talking about them breading on the side of the runway at Burtonwood air base near Warrington when he worked there, at the time they where the furthest inlend beeding Oystercatchers. That would have been in the late fifties.
All the best Gordon.

Breathtaking said...

Hello Stewart!:) Well captured images, and a rare sighting of the Oystercatchers on a roof, but don't they look great,:) I love the contract of colours as well.

Rhodesia said...

Great shots of interesting birds. Cheers Diane

Cloudia said...

Nice Stewart. Thank you

photodoug said...

Stewart, although I have never seen an Oystercatcher, your great captures give me a sense of observation. Thanks for sharing.

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

I've not seen these birds before- great shots and the old building does make an interesting composition. Have a great day!

Nora Flower said...

I love these photos, it shows them so well. They are much more striking than our all black ones. I do love these little birds.

Jo said...

Great catch with the Oystercatchers perched on the roof. I've only just linked up even though it's already Thursdat in your part of the world. Thanks for hosting. I've moved a few kilometers and the birdlife in my garden is prolific! Greetings Jo

A Colorful World said...

I agree! They couldn't be on a better roof. Great-looking shots.

Linda said...

I like the oystercatchers, especially the one who looks like he's talking.

A Quiet Corner said...

Stewart, have you been listening to my conversations because that second photo reminds me of when my hubby tells me I cannot be quiet!!!!...:)JP

Missy George said...

I remember the Oystercatchers at the shore New Jersey) when I was a kid..Great shots Stewart..

Ida said...

Fun shots of these birds, I think they are so neat looking.

Dave Lewis said...

It's always amazing what you can find when you look all around!
What great shots with the contrast of the birds and the moss on the roof.

Lady Fi said...

Wonderful shots! And I love that mossy roof.

Pat Tillett said...

I don't know if I've ever seen them inland. (or just never noticed). Nice photos Stewart! Hope all is well...

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I have never seen an Oystercatcher anywhere but on the wet sand! Very cool shots.

David Gascoigne said...

Good morning Stewart: the last time I visited the UK Oystercatcher seemed to be a fairly common moorland breeder and I hadn't realized this was a fairly recent phenomenon. It is a handsome species to be sure.