Saturday, 4 May 2019


I spent most of today at a secluded beach where I photographed these Oystercatchers carefully selecting their breakfast from the well-stocked smorgasbord presented by the low tide.  There was a heavy sea flowing with huge breakers causing the occasional interruption of their meal.
These birds were a "threatened" species, but conservation measures that included stopping vehicles from driving on beaches, have resulted in their status changing to "near threatened".  There are now an estimated 6 000 adult birds to be found along the coast of South Africa and Namibia.


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