Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Wild Bird Wednesday: Sooty Oystercatcher

Back to our visit to Burleigh Heads in early July... I mentioned I captured 3 "lifers". I've already posted the Crested Terns.
The second was the Sooty Oystercatcher (I'd only seen Pied Oystercatchers before this). I was on the rocks photographing the Terns and I heard a familiar call, so I followed the noise further around the rocks...






I've got my eye on you...




Sharing with Stewart's meme:

23 comments:

mick said...

A great series of photos of the Sooty Oystercatcher. I especially like the one with the bit of food (shellfish??) in its beak.

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Great photo series. The bright beak is a real eye-catcher.

Joop Zand said...

Good photo's Liz....nice bird !

greetings, Joop

Fjällripan said...

Really great photos! A beautiful bird I never seen in real. /Susanne

Stewart M said...

Hi there - these are one of my favourite birds! Great set of pictures.

I have been lucky enough to be able to band some of these birds - in the hand they are like chickens!

Stewart M - Melbourne

Juliana said...

Funny bird! Thanks 4 sharing!
xoxo, Juliana
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Linda said...

Wonderful series of photos! Another bird I haven't seen - I wonder if we have them here in the US?

i stora drag said...

Beautiful series of this black and red bird! :) I have some problem with finding the names of the birds in my language: Swedish.
Greetings Pia

GB said...

One problem for the layman (of which I am one) is that Oystercatchers can be so hard to identify unless you know where they are from because, apart from anything else, Oddly just before I left New Zealand last time I did a post on 6 May imaginatively entitled Oystercatcher which was of a Variable Oystercatcher (often known in NZ as the Black Oystercatcher (l. Haematopus unicolor) which I could not differentiate from your Sooty Oystercatcher. Your photos are, as always, superb.

GB said...

Apologies. Putting in the HTML tags distracted me in the last comment. When reading please delete the words ""because, apart from anything else,"at the end of the first sentence.

bailey-road.com said...

Great series!

Gary said...

Great close ups!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Liva`s said...

What a beautiful bird - and GOOD shots ! You have a woderful blog i will com back ! Fasinating to see pictures from your country !

Greetings from Liva - from the other side of the world -above the arctic circle :-)

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Great series of shots. I love the orange eye and bill.

Łucja-Maria said...

Liz, your pictures are great.
I am delighted with them!
Lucy

TexWisGirl said...

for a 'slate' colored bird, he sure wears some bright accessories! wow!

Pat Tillett said...

That sure is a bright orange! Nice photos of this guy!

Michael S-B said...

Great photos, Liz. I love these memories you preserve from wonderful day trips xoxo

Neil said...

A Great series of photos.

Brian King said...

That's a gorgeous bird! Love the black plumage and bright eyes and bill!

Melissa Bliss Rich said...

What a funny fellow. His coloring is so stunning!

Lisa Gordon said...

Oh my goodness, that beak is amazing.
Magnificent creature!

Melody Stringer said...

Lovely to see your pictures,

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