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Copyright: Petra van der Linden (lovebirds) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 11] (85)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-01-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: CANON 1Ds Mark III
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-02-07 10:34
Viewed: 3312
Points: 4
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Haematopus ostralegus

The bold black and white plumage of an Oystercatcher is distinctive enough even without the long bright red bill which confirms its identity. In winter plumage they have an extra white mark on the throat.

Breeds on grass fields and shingle beside lakes, rivers and seashores. Winters on estuaries, sandy beaches and open fields.

One characteristic display is their so-called 'piping display' Both members of a pair bow forwards with their bill pointing down to the ground and they utter prolonged chattering piping noises. This seems to have some function in defending the territory since, if another pair joins, in they will usually be driven away by short chases in which the birds continue piping.

Birds which breed on the coast are mostly sedentary, but those which breed inland or along the coasts of Scandinavia, move south and west in autumn, wintering mostly around the North Sea or the Irish Sea. Some may move large distances in winter, having been regularly recorded as far south as Mauretania or even Nigeria. In the UK, birds from northern Europe swell the population between July-May.


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-02-07 12:28]

Hi Petra,
Beautiful photo of this Oystercatcher, great colors and details, very good sharpness, TFS!

Hallo Petra,
congratulations on your beautiful gallery; superb capture of the Oystercatcher, very good sharpness and splendid natural colours, i like very much the lovely posture of this marvellous bird on the ice
Best regards

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