Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Wild Bird Wednesday 310 - Pied Oystercatcher

This is another set of pictures of a pair of Pied Oystercatchers I found on the beach near Coles Bay in Tasmania.

The Pied Oystercatcher (Haematopus longirostris) is the most common of our two species of Oystercatchers in Australia - although at present there is a visitor from New Zealand in the area as well.

I really like the water and sand in the these pictures - and I reckon they sum up my pictures pretty well: less bird, but more environment than some.











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18 comments:

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Very handsome birds, and I too like seeing them in their habitat.

Brian King said...

I’ve always liked the bright colors and long bills on these guys!

Marie Smith said...

I always enjoy photos of birds stood on one leg!

Chris Rohrer said...

A great looking bird. Oystercatchers are a treat to see along the beach areas.

David Gascoigne said...

Oystercatchers hold a special fascination for birders, and we look forward to seeing Southern Hemisphere oystercatchers when we visit Australia later this year.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I like that the pictures show the bird's behavior -- their habitat . can almost hear that shellfish cracking~! They're handsome birds and their coloring really shows up against the sand and water (what we here on the left side of the US call 'the Coast' )!

Phil Slade said...

Just as good looking as our own. I reckon I could post those as Common Oystercatcher and very few would notice the difference. Thanks for the link-up today Stewart.

photodoug said...

Stewart, what a great capture of the Pied Oystercatcher. Thanks for sharing.

JP A Quiet Corner said...

My brain works overtime, sometimes Stewart. Did you ever wonder why Mother Nature made their bills orange?...:)JP

Beth said...

That red eye! That bright orange bill!

italiafinlandia said...

The Oystercatcher comes to Finland too, in summer; whereas it does not make nest in Italy - except for a restricted area in the Po river delta.
Beautiful bird!

Missy George said...

What a bright bill!!! Beady little eye!! Love the beach scenes..Oh heck!! I just like the beach. The birds are a bonus..

Linda said...

Love the orange bill!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

They are so cool.

Dont see many of them here in Florida.

Lady Fi said...

Such beautiful shots.

Marie Smith said...

Such a colourful beak and pretty legs!

Jeannie said...

I always look at the environment more than I look at the focal point. The background often explains what is happening.

Good pictures.

Jeannie@GetMeToTheCountry

Pat Tillett said...

It looks like they are always doing something.
They are beautiful and love the red eyes...