I was standing on the beach in mid-December when I saw this oystercatcher fly right in front of me.
He was coming in for a landing on the beach.
Screaming the entire time.
I think he was just yelling for his mate to come over and join him.
He was looking for a good spot to look for food.
Which happened to be right in front of me so I sat down on the sand and watched for a few minutes.
He was picking through the seaweed and shells on the beach. I noticed the ring around his leg.
Back in April 2013, this oystercatcher had fishing line wrapped around his leg. The leg was swollen and it took several days for the rangers to catch him and take the line off. He would have lost that leg or worse if he hadn’t been caught in time. He still has the scar and is easy to spot if you can see his leg. He still shows up occasionally with his mate.
Such a beautiful bird.
His mate was keeping an eye on me.
I sat for while and watched them look for food. They slowly made their way down the beach and I left. I’ll always be on the look out for him.