Wednesday, 30 October 2013


The first Oystercatcher nest has been found, with 2 eggs! Another important part of Shirley’s project has begun! Starting with catching and ringing the pair. Interestingly, the first nest was found on lookout beach, the site with the highest anthropogenic disturbance. We managed to catch one of the pair, but the second individual was not going to go into the trap. It was such a pleasure ringing the oystercatcher, compared to the gulls which bite and struggle and all too often cover us in poo. I look forward to ringing more of these birds, and hopefully we will find more nests.

The oystercatcher eggs.
The first trapped bird of the season!
Shirley with her first African Black Oystercatcher!

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