Monday, 20 June 2011

Oystercatcher.................... Cemlyn Bay Anglesey

After watching the terns at Cemlyn Bay I made my way back along the pebble beach to the car.
It was a real struggle as the shingle was deep and loose making walking on it hard work (or is it just me getting old).
I spotted an Oystercatcher on the shoreline a bird I see breeding at my local pool but this seashore setting was so much better.

Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus)

Ooooh!!... the waters cold

It made me smile lifting its feet as the waves rolled in and out eventually flying off to land further down the beach unfortunately in the opposite direction that I was traveling so the flight image was to be the last of a beautiful day of birding.


 Cemlyn Bay is a beautiful place to visit with plenty of wildlife to be seen.
 A lovely end to my day of birding on the beautiful Isle of Anglesey in North Wales.

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26 comments:

texwisgirl said...

very striking bird.

Gary said...

Great eyes on that bird Andrew!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Bob Bushell said...

A brilliant Oystercatcher and the pebbles are fantastic,

grammie g said...

HI Andrew...Lovely shots of the Oystercatcher, but I was really taking back by the pebbles..they are fantastic. I could spend hours just look at the colors and shapes...I a rock nut..something about them I have alway liked!!
Love the caption about cold water..pretty funny reaction for a shore bird!! lol
♥ Grace Your not old ...I'm old!!

Arija said...

So nice that you have the same Oyster Catchers as we do on the other side of the globe. Here they are only visitors but such a nice reminder of the northern hemisphere.

Jenny Woolf said...

I was at Orford, in Suffolk, and an oyster catcher came and sat near us and called and wouldn't go away. Seemed quite a strange thing for it to do, although I don't know if they are usually fond of humans.

Mike B. @ slugyard.com said...

Excellent bird. I like the white band that you can only see when it is flying.

holdingmoments said...

Lovely flight shot Andrew.
Cracking birds.

NatureFootstep said...

it certainly looks as if it thinks it is too cold to enter the water. :) Made me smile. :)

Martha Z said...

I still remember the first time I saw and oyster catcher, I was amazed at the bright orange bill.
Nice captures.

Ishtar said...

A very beautiful bird indeed!

BirdingMaine said...

Very nice images of the Oystercatcher!

mick said...

Great photos of the Oystercatchers. It's a bird I really enjoy photographing.

Springman said...

Great photos of the Oystercatcher, talk about a blue collar name, and what a wonderful rocky beach you've caught them on. Out of this world!

joo said...

I could watch them for hours!

Carletta said...

I love the second shot with the splashing water!
Such a striking bird in his black and white plummage and a bright red eye for contrast.
Wonderful captures Andrew!

Adam Tilt said...

My favourite bird Andrew. We call them all Geoffrey. (I'm not mad honest!).

Marias Teater said...

He is beautiful in the air, maybe not that elegant standing there - wonderful pictures!

Jean said...

This bird is always a joy to see. The rocky shore is the perfect setting. Nice flight shot!

Barb said...

So fortunate to catch them on the rocky shores!

Sondra said...

YOUR Oyster catcher shots are SUPER..and I love those rocks too...

NicoleB said...

Lovely shots of this wonderful bird. I've only seen these fellows from afar so far - lucky you :)!

Re archives: Going through mine will take me a Lifetime (90.000 photos to go or something like that). But I have 3 hot summer months ahead of me and nothing much else to do.
Just make sure you back your stuff up. Harddrives are fairly cheap these days, your memories and data ain't ;)

PS: I first left the re comment above at Springman's blog - I shouldn't go commenting before I had my first coffee ;)

bailey-road.com said...

I enlarged each of these, allowing myself to get lost in the details. A lovely bird, with that red eye and orange bill. The flight photo is really spectacular!

Pat Ulrich said...

Such a lovely oystercatcher, and I love the setting of those colorful round stones! Great stuff!

Hilke Breder said...

Great images of an Oystercatcher, Andrew. Such a striking bird, particularly with that piercing red eye! I envy you. I have never been able to get a close photo of this species.

JM said...

I love these birds and spotted one for the first time early spring at the beach.