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.