Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Pied Oystercatchers

This post is for World Bird Wednesday.

Pied Oystercatchers (Haematopus longirostris) are a common sight around the bay. Sometimes I even see flocks of a dozen or so roosting together. However, pairs of Pied Oystercatchers stay in the same territory year after year and these ones are decreasing. The pair I photographed for this post have a permanent territory around the Mullens shorebird roost.

27 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

such great looking birds! wearing that orange beak, loud and proud! :)

Gary said...

They're beautiful!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

eileeninmd said...

The oystercatchers are one of my favorites! Great shots!

Andrew said...

Wonderful images Mick.

Carole Meisenhelter said...

wow the second one was a great moment! Bet you couldn't wait to get home and edit and see how it came out.

Carletta said...

Wonderful shots!
What vibrant red eyes they have.

Denis Wilson said...

Lovely birds, and beautifully photographed, Mick.
Denis

Leanne said...

These are great shots, I love the wings outstretched.

Debbie said...

oooohhhh they are just too cute with their carrot nose and matching eyes!!

Martha Z said...

I remember how surprised I was the first time I saw an oyster catcher. They're easy to spot with those bright bills!

heyBJK said...

Fantastic, Mick! Love that second shot!

Jedediah said...

Love the striking eyes!

Nature Rambles said...

omplWhat a cute pair of birds!

NicoleB said...

I totally adore these guys!
Wonderful photos of the pair.

Liz said...

Great shots Mick! What a lovely bird.
I am sure I captured a couple of those out at Redcliffe last year as the sun was setting (mostly silhouettes)... I must go back to the same spot and try to capture them during the day.

joo said...

They are great these birds!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

They always look like they know how to have fun!

NatureFootstep said...

wow, what a surprice when I scrolled down and saw the last shot. It is amazing. A rare shot! :)

Gillian Olson said...

Great pictures, they are impressive looking birds up close. The shot of the bird with the wings extended is wonderful.

Arija said...

Wow, they are really great shots Mick. I have never seen one with it's wings up. Thanks.

NewMexiKen said...

Nice action and detail in these shote, Mick!

Hilke Breder said...

Great images and info, Mick! They must be very competitive to hold on to a permanent territory - what hard life!

Springman said...

Great catches!

Pat Ulrich said...

Terrific shots, Mick! Love to see the stretching bird too!

Connie Smiley said...

What an interesting bird, and great shots!

Stewart M said...

Hi there - I have just returned from the wild, woolly and less that wonderful world of wireless only internet - so now I'm catching up.

Oystercatchers are great birds – just come back from some time at the coast, and I saw them every day. That’s rather special for us suburban types!

Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

Stewart M said...

Hi there - that wing up pose is very similar to the one in my picture. I wonder if it means something in 'oystercatcher'.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne