The Oystercatcher is found worldwide but this particular bird was seen along the beach at Ocean Bay in the Marlborough District on the South Island of New Zealand. The bright orange bill of the Oystercatcher bird is used for survival as it smashes open mollusks. Certain species of the Oystercatcher have a slightly varied shaped bill as it prefers to feed on annelid worms.
This bird is found in three different colors, one being all black as this one is or black and white or brown and white unless they are juveniles and then they are dull brown. They grow to be about 44 centimeters which is a fair size for a common shorebird.
The Oystercatcher is a very busy type of bird that is always searching for food or trying to open it. They continually chatter and can become extremely noisy when a flock of them get together.
Be wary when the Oystercatcher is nesting either in the Malborough District of New Zealand or anywhere else you may cross their paths as they are very overprotective parents. Whether it be humans or other animals species, the Oystercatcher will become overly aggressive if its baby bird feels threatened in any way.
Variable Oyster Catcher, Haematopus unicolor, along the beach at Ocean Bay, Port Underwood, Marlborough District, South Island, New Zealand.
I photographed this photo with the digital SLR camera model Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II, aperture of f/6.3, exposure time of 1/500 sec. on ISO 400, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 320mm.
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