I frequently see Pied Oystercatchers around the bay but the other morning I was close to one as it took its morning wash and brush up! It was a very thorough wash - no skimping anywhere. Some parts were done more than once! I was on the kayak and just drifted in close and the bird took no notice of me at all.
Face and head right underwater to start with.
Splash one side first - thoroughly - and then give that side a good comb with the foot.
Now the other side - and use the other foot for that side.
Preen down the front
Preen the back
A good flap with the wings as it stepped out of the water
A final shake of the tail
The mate was standing only a few feet away - "Very nice dear! You look quite smart!"
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