Oystercatcher

Oyster Catchers are a group of waders that form the family Haematopodidae, which has a single genus, Haematopus. They are found on coasts worldwide. The exception to this is the Eurasian Oystercatcher which breeds inland. In the past there has been a great deal of confusion as to the species limits, with discrete populations of all black oyster catchers being afforded specific status but pied oyster catchers being considered one single species.

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Oystercatcher & Worm @ Gart, Callander # 6109

Common Pied Oystercatcher plucks earthworm from the saturated grass and delivers to the juvenile. The bill shape varies; oystercatchers with broad bill tips open molluscs by prising them apart or hammering through the shell, whereas pointed-bill birds dig up worms. Individual birds specialise in one technique or the other which they learn from their parents.
© Allan Bell

Oystercatcher & Worm @ Gart, Callander # 6154

Common Pied Oystercatcher plucks earthworm from the saturated grass and delivers to the juvenile. The bill shape varies; oystercatchers with broad bill tips open molluscs by prising them apart or hammering through the shell, whereas pointed-bill birds dig up worms. Individual birds specialise in one technique or the other which they learn from their parents.
© Allan Bell

Pied Oystercatcher # 6402

Common Pied Oystercatcher plucks earthworm from the saturated grass and delivers to the juvenile. The bill shape varies; oystercatchers with broad bill tips open molluscs by prising them apart or hammering through the shell, whereas pointed-bill birds dig up worms. Individual birds specialise in one technique or the other which they learn from their parents.
© Allan Bell

Oystercatcher & Juvenile with worm @ Gart # 6108

Common Pied Oystercatcher plucks earthworm from the saturated grass and delivers to the juvenile on the right. The bill shape varies; oystercatchers with broad bill tips open molluscs by prising them apart or hammering through the shell, whereas pointed-bill birds dig up worms. Individual birds specialise in one technique or the other which they learn from their parents.
© Allan Bell

Oystercatcher In Flight @ Gart, Callander # 6228

Common Pied Oystercatcher They are unmistakable in flight, with white patches on the wings and tail, otherwise black upperparts, and white underparts. The family of four that I was observing were contented to be approached quite closely by my daughter prior to flying off short distances then continuing to search for earth worms.
© Allan Bell

Oystercatcher # 4663

Spotted this displaying oystercatcher while hiking the Isle of Skye moorland enroute to the isolated Torr A Chruidh. This challenging rock face was the first real outdoor climbing challenge the kids have had to experience.
© Allan Bell

Oystercatcher # 0214

Spotted this Oystercatcher while scanning one of my favourite stretches of the river tweed at Ormiston House.
© Allan Bell

Oystercatcher # 0501

Oystercatchers are a group of waders that form the family Haematopodidae, which has a single genus, Haematopus. They are found on coasts worldwide. The exception to this is the Eurasian Oystercatcher which breeds inland. In the past there has been a great deal of confusion as to the species limits, with discrete populations of all black oyster catchers being afforded specific status but pied oyster catchers being considered one single species.
© Allan Bell

Oystercatcher # 0502

Oystercatchers are a group of waders that form the family Haematopodidae, which has a single genus, Haematopus. They are found on coasts worldwide. The exception to this is the Eurasian Oystercatcher which breeds inland. In the past there has been a great deal of confusion as to the species limits, with discrete populations of all black oyster catchers being afforded specific status but pied oyster catchers being considered one single species.
© Allan Bell

Oystercatcher # 0503

Oystercatchers are a group of waders that form the family Haematopodidae, which has a single genus, Haematopus. They are found on coasts worldwide. The exception to this is the Eurasian Oystercatcher which breeds inland. In the past there has been a great deal of confusion as to the species limits, with discrete populations of all black oyster catchers being afforded specific status but pied oyster catchers being considered one single species.
© Allan Bell

Oystercatcher # 0504

Oyster Catchers are a group of waders that form the family Haematopodidae, which has a single genus, Haematopus. They are found on coasts worldwide. The exception to this is the Eurasian Oystercatcher which breeds inland. In the past there has been a great deal of confusion as to the species limits, with discrete populations of all black oyster catchers being afforded specific status but pied oyster catchers being considered one single species.
© Allan Bell

Oystercatcher # 2537

Oystercatchers are a group of waders that form the family Haematopodidae, which has a single genus, Haematopus. They are found on coasts worldwide. The exception to this is the Eurasian Oystercatcher which breeds inland. In the past there has been a great deal of confusion as to the species limits, with discrete populations of all black oyster catchers being afforded specific status but pied oyster catchers being considered one single species.
© Allan Bell

Oystercatcher # 2787

Oystercatchers are a group of waders that form the family Haematopodidae, which has a single genus, Haematopus. They are found on coasts worldwide. The exception to this is the Eurasian Oystercatcher which breeds inland. In the past there has been a great deal of confusion as to the species limits, with discrete populations of all black oyster catchers being afforded specific status but pied oyster catchers being considered one single species.
© Allan Bell

Oystercatcher # 2800

Oystercatchers are a group of waders that form the family Haematopodidae, which has a single genus, Haematopus. They are found on coasts worldwide. The exception to this is the Eurasian Oystercatcher which breeds inland. In the past there has been a great deal of confusion as to the species limits, with discrete populations of all black oyster catchers being afforded specific status but pied oyster catchers being considered one single species.
© Allan Bell

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