Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Why did the Oystercatchers cross the road?

To join the Cockatoos on the other side! Well that's not really why, but a morning excursion which included Montrose Bay, threw up a couple of interesting sights. One was the 50 plus Pied Oystercatchers feeding on the Rosetta High playing fields, prepared to put up with children, pedestrians and traffic to cross the road from their roost site on the shores of the Derwent River. The other was seeing the Oystercatchers feeding alongside the Sulphur-crested Cockatoos. At first I thought that many of the Oystercatchers were juvenile (having a dark tip to their bill), but realised that this was the result of feeding in wet ground! I imagine for locals this is a common sight, but I found it quite novel.

2 comments:

John Tongue said...

At least they seem to be observing good road safety - that top pair is really striding it out! I just hoped they looked right, looked left, and looked right again.

Trevor Hampel said...

How bizarre. Great shot.