Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Wild Bird Wednesday 133 - Sooty Oystercatchers

Part of the reason for me being so busy of late we that I had to 'get ahead' at work so I could go on holiday.  So, get ready for some posts from Tasmania, Australia's Island State.

I have posted images of Sooty Oystercatchers before, but they are such a splendid bird I feel obligated to post some more!

This species of oystercatcher is called Haematopus fuliginosus and it is closely related to the other  oystercatcher that can be seen around the world. These pictures were taken on the typical rocky shore environment that they seem to prefer.

This wonderful section of beach is near Coles Bay on the Freycinet Peninsula in Tasmania - if you get a chance you should go there!





Now it's your turn to join in - click the blue button and off you go!  (With luck the button will be there this week when you visit - I managed to mess it up last week!)



48 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

they're beautiful! love the contrast in colors and that ringed eye!

Andrew Fulton said...

Lovely birds to see...

eileeninmd said...

Stewart, sounds like an awesome trip! I love the Oystercatcher, they are cool birds.. Great shots! Thanks for hosting, enjoy the rest of your week!

Carletta said...

I think they are so striking with that brilliant beak and eye coloring!
Have a wonderful holiday Stewart!

Irma said...

Hi Stewart,
Beautiful I find this kind of oystercatcher.
All the way black and a red beak.
In the Netherlands, they are not completely black.
That's probably a different species.
The third picture is my favorite.
Best regards, Irma

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

The colors in nature are so marvelous.

Enjoy your holiday.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

They are a splendid bird and I would love to go there. Your pictures and articles are the next best thing. Thanks for them and for hosting.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

I like their orange eyes and long beaks.

Revrunner said...

Hard to hide with a beak like that. :-)

Andrea Priebe said...

I am glad you felt obligated because these may be my favorite birds ... the coloring is just stunning. I wonder what the coloring does for them as it doesn't seem to be a camouflage attempt. Are the oyster attracted to the red beak and open up ... Ha, that would be cool. Anyway, love your Sooty Oystercatchers ... post them again as often as you like :)

Andrea @ From The Sol

Sylvia K said...

Love those red beaks!! Terrific captures as always!!

bas said...

Hij is prachtig zo de kleuren van de ringen om zijn ogen en zijn poten komen heel mooi tot zijn recht.

Marie said...

Beautiful photos, Stewart! Glad you are getting some time off!

mick said...

Great photos of the Sooties - they are a beautiful bird.

Christian Weiß said...

A wonderful bird and stunning to see it in black.

bailey-road.com said...

These birds have such distinctive coloring. Great captures, Stewart. Enjoy your holiday.

Margaret Adamson said...

Great captures of these lovely birds. Thanks for hosting.

Linda W. said...

Awesome photos! Can't wait to see more pics from Tasmania.

Bethany Carson said...

They are very neat birds! I do like the contrast as well!

Phil Slade said...

Not much chance of me getting to Tasmania Stewart but I have seen a single Eurasian Oystercatcher here in the Canairies.

Good luck this week. I should be back to normal next week.

Adam Tilt said...

Lovely birds Stewart and as a self confessed lover of the British Oystercatcher a species which is right up my street.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Gorgeous birds. Striking colour combo.

Pieni Lintu said...

Looks great!!! :D

Findlay Wilde said...

They look a bit like funny shaped Choughs :) Really nice birds

Breathtaking said...

The Sooty Oystercatcher is a striking bird, one I would love to see in real time. Great photos Stewart.

DeniseinVA said...

My first experience of an Oystercatcher was on our holiday in Norway. I can see the difference in yours. Two lovely birds in their own way. Yours is very striking, lovely!

Chris Rohrer said...

Thanks! I hope I get a chance to go as well. Pretty cool bird:) Oystercatchers are wonderful birds. We have the American and Black Oystercatchers here. I'll have to look at the differences between the Black and Sooty species closer.

Ela said...

Beautiful birds ! I see that these birds have quite shapely legs !
Greetings

Brian King said...

Handsome birds! I like the dark plumage with the brightly colored bill and eye rings!

Derek said...

Magnificent birds, fascinating environment, great photos.

Thanks for an interesting post and a fun meme.

Have a nice day.

magda and crew in australia said...

Hello Stewart,
A truly beautiful bird..
They look so compact and strong.
Love they're beautiful long red beak and solid black colouring.
Tasmania is definitely on my wish-list with these birds added as a must to see.

Such a privilege to be on location to experience them.

Thanks for another episode of wonderful birds.

Felicia said...

oh yes they are quite handsome. love their red/orange bill.

thewovenspoke said...

Great shots of the Sooty Oyster catchers

diane b said...

Beautiful bird but I dint recall seeing any when I was there but then I'm not a twitcher.Have fun on the apple isle.

ladyfi said...

What marvellous pictures of these lovely birds.

Mary Cromer said...

I imagine that this bird gets it's name from it colour, but from that point on, there certainly is nothing sooty about it. They are really quite lovely birds! Thank you for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday, always enjoy it~

A Quiet Corner said...

What a handsome bird between that beak and those eyes!...:)JP

Mary Hone said...

They are interesting. What great colors.

Cloudia said...

they make soot and orange look GREAT!


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pattisjarrett said...

The Sooty Oystercatcher is quite stunning in basic black, accessorized with the vibrant orange accoutrements. A lovely bird; a vacation sounds delightful! Thanks for hosting and sharing. And all the hard work you had to do to make it happen.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Hello Stewart!! These are lovely birds. Love those red beaks!

Mama Zen said...

They're beautiful!

Linda said...

Sooty indeed! Nice photos.

Phyllis Oller said...

what a striking bird! Phyllis

Jo said...

Hi Stewart, I love the Oystercatcher. We have the Black Oystercatcher in South Africa. I managed to link my post to your meme, albeit a couple of days late. Thanks for hosting. Greetings, Jo

Liz said...

I love Sooty Oystercatchers!
Enjoy your weekend, Stewart.

I hope to get back to linking up with WBW more regularly this year. I've been a little slack and sporadic with all the health issues. I've done a lot of image clean up & deleeting unnecessary images on my laptop while I've been recuperating. I discovered a LOT of bird images that I hadn't edited... and a LOT that I really don't need. Thank goodness for digital!!

Marie said...

Stewart...when I read your response about my Vermilion Flycatcher to my husband, he jokingly told me to tell you that when we found out we were coming, we made sure you got to a park with Australian Gum trees so you would feel at home. And, it was fitting for you to see the Vermilion Flycatcher from "down under." Oh, he's a funny guy! :-)

Pat Tillett said...

Love the eyes! They are awesome looking birds. Nice shots Stewart!