|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|I often see these interesting birds foraging along the beach on the east coast of the Island. |
The oystercatchers are a group of waders; they form the family Haematopodidae, which has a single genus, Haematopus. They are large obvious and noisy plover-like birds, with strong bills used for smashing or prising open molluscs.
In some species, the bill shape varies according to the diet. Those birds with blade-like bill tips prise open or smash mollusc shells, and those with pointed bill tips tend to probe for annelid worms.
They are found on coasts worldwide apart from the polar regions. They are all-black, black and white or brown and white in appearance.
Their eggs are laid in a shallow scrape on shingle. Oystercatcher eggs are grey and speckled, providing camouflage against the grey rock background. They are pointed at one end. Contrary to popular belief, the purpose of this is not to provide space for the chick's long beaks (their long beaks develop after hatching). The pointed shape is thought to prevent the eggs from rolling down a steep slope.
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- [2007-08-03 10:22]
Great photo of this very interesting specie! I really like the low POV and you must have been laying in the wet sand or something. Have you done anything to the photo in the computer?
- [2007-08-03 10:53]
- [2007-08-04 17:42]
Shelley, great moment, great photo.
I like pose and composition. Nice contrast between the main subject and the bg.