14 comments on “Dining Out on the Reef – The Australian Oystercatchers

  1. Ashley, I just saw this post title on the next post and realized I didn’t recall seeing it. How’d i miss it?!!

    Great post on the oystercatchers, I love their gorgeous, matching bright beaks, eyes, and legs. We do not have the all-black Sooty, he’s pretty as well. 🙂

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  2. Great photos Ashley. I love watching the oystercatchers, they are so relaxing to watch as they go about their search for food. I also love how they run along the beach! 🙂

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    • Thanks Sue, yes I love the way they run together along the beach, they like to keep their distance. Have a great weekend, it is nice having cooler days, but we are still in drought, and bird numbers are lower than usual for this time of year.

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  3. Your Pied Oystercathcer looks very similar to the species we have here, including on our Gulf beaches. I don’t think we have the Sooty. It is horrible that people drive on protected beaches! As Kelly says, we don’t see that here. Right here where I live, cars are not allowed on beaches, period. And I am very happy about it as many bird species nest right here…and sea turtles. Have a wonderful week ahead, Ashley.

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    • Thanks Tiny, yes there is a similarity, we noticed the same in Britain. The crazy thing about vehicles on beaches here is that no one is allowed to drive on swimming beaches where birds are less likely to breed, but they are allowed to do so on many of our sensitive nesting National Parks beaches where they are supposed to be protected. How do you figure that?? Have a wonderful weekend!

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  4. Beautiful captures Ashley! I think oystercatchers are so unique and wonderful. I have seen only one of our two species which are very similar to yours. Thankfully most of our beaches are inaccessible to vehicles here in the states.

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    • Thanks Kelly, I am glad they have some sense over in your part of the world to stop these 4WD fisherman and recreational beach wreckers coming onto beaches. It defies logic why National Parks allow this. You enjoy the weekend also!

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