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BigBird

Posted on 06/09/2013


Photo taken on June  8, 2013


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Keeping It Safe

Keeping It Safe
We went to Brownsea Island yesterday and after a lovely long walk around the island we sat on the beach. I was watching this oystercatcher who had made her nest on the edge of the beach in full view of anyone who walked by. Every time anyone walked by she would leave the nest and run down to the water's edge in what seemed like a desperate attempt to distract from the nest. There were so many other safer places she could have chosen. We have a similar situation where I work. We have a huge warehouse and for the past four years an oystercatcher has nested on the roof. Every year she brings her chicks down into the carpark where there are cars and lorries constantly moving in and out of the place and every year none of her chicks survive. I feel so sorry for her.

Peggy V, dragonflydreams88, Lynn 3nglish, * ᕈᗩᕰᒪ have particularly liked this photo


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BigBird
BigBird
Oystercatcher
4 years ago.
Jane Mary
Jane Mary
Oh my...
4 years ago.
Amanda White
Amanda White
Bless her, here's hoping her babies do better than the ones on your work place roof...How sad. I am guessing these birds are perhaps the brightest buttons in the bird kingdom..
4 years ago.
Lynn 3nglish
Lynn 3nglish
How sad and they are so cute. I never saw one before. Poor mom is confused.
4 years ago.
Christy.S
Christy.S
Lovely sharp images. They don't seem to be very intelligent about where to build their nests, do they?. Hopefully, they will be OK,.
4 years ago.
wee3beasties
wee3beasties
Oh, how cool! Such neat eyes. Somehow I didn't see this on my ipernity page. Sigh. I feel like I am chasing my tail over here. Never quite agile enough to catch it. But I found your photo a day later!
4 years ago.
Siobhan Bickerdike
Siobhan Bickerdike
Wow - stunning bird! I've never seen one before - great photos
4 years ago.
dragonflydreams88
dragonflydreams88
. . . hope this one is successful raising her brood . . . & hope you get back to see them & share with us!!
4 years ago.
JustPlainCrazy
JustPlainCrazy
I have never seen one of these before..interesting bird. We had birds that would always lay their eggs in the arena and then run squawking at the horses when we rode by, I never saw any hatched babies from them either, but the came back every year...
4 years ago.
Carmen Haessler
Carmen Haessler
I've never seen this kind of bird before! Love the slim and long beak! What a cutie!
4 years ago.
pearceval
pearceval
Strange they wouldn't pick safer places ... Colourful bird, I saw these at Whitstable last year!
4 years ago.
Rita Hart
Rita Hart
great capture
4 years ago.
Kerri Smith
Kerri Smith
She is beautiful with her orange eyes and beak. WIth her coloring, I'm sure she and her chicks must be very conspicuous. I feel bad for her but I guess the fact that none of her chicks survive is natures way of "weeding out" the weaker / less intelligent.
4 years ago.
Peggy V
Peggy V
Awww, a sad story!
4 years ago.
Blackpaw
Blackpaw
break my heart. Such a sad story to read over breakfast. Such a dim bird...!!! MOVE OUT OF THE CAR PARK you nincompoop!
3 years ago.