Three Oystercatchers

Three Oystercatchers

When the tide comes in, oystercatchers leave their feeding grounds in the mudflats of the Manukau Harbour to rest and roost on the shore. Most of the time there is no action beyond a bit of shuffling about, but now and then there are shrill and excited noises, often accompanying a curious dance-like behaviour. Could be a bird on its own, mostly two of them, and here we have a group of three goose-stepping along the water’s edge.

South Island Pied Oystercatcher (Haematopus finschi) at Huia.