These pied oystercatchers were scurrying along the shore to get out of the way of frolicking dogs. Eventually they had to take to their wings.
These birds may be found on most beaches from December to July. After that they usually move inland to breed on riverbeds and farmland. They eat mainly small shellfish and worms. Oystercatchers birds may live up to 25 years, the oldest one known was 28. Although they don’t stay together outside of the breeding season most of them retain their partner from one year to the next.
“If they want their flock to expand
it’s time for them to move inland.”