Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Well Fed Pied Oystercatchers
On a day that looked less than promising, I made an early morning visit to Pipeclay Lagoon. By the oyster sheds there are 2 pairs of Pied Oystercatchers that have become very tolerant of human presence, and one pair (pictured) is regularly fed oysters by the staff there. I'm sure I could make some remark about the aphrodisiac properties of oysters, but as I stopped the car to observe this pair, as you can see, they copulated. I have always thought that the shots that I've seen of Oystercatchers copulating, must have been the result of many hours watching and waiting! Maybe not. With rain threatening, I decided to drive on to South Arm, and walked through the dunes to Calvert's Beach. As I reached the top of the dune, I saw below me, the seal on the waters' edge that is pictured here. I assume it's an Australian Fur Seal, but perhaps there's someone reading this who can confirm that. A more rewarding morning than appeared likely.