Monday, November 15, 2010

In a false quarrel there is no true valour.

These Haematopus longirostris look like they’ve been through the wars. Geilston Bay boat ramp, October 2010.

The Pied Oystercatcher is common around these parts. They love mudflats, sandbanks and sandy ocean beaches, and rarely stray far from the coast. Consequently, with their bright orange peaks you often see them roaming about the Derwent estuary and surrounding beaches.

Just so you know, the name "oystercatcher" is something of a misnomer for this species, because they seldom eat oysters! Oysters you see prefer rocky beaches, which is not at all where Pied Oystercatchers prefer to live. They’re more a mussel bird, with the odd periwinkle chucked in.

I’m not sure what happened to this bloke’s foot though, maybe a roaming Great White with a gentle touch?

1 comment:

Kris said...

It breaks my heart.