Tuesday, 28 February 2017


Yesterday, I told you a little bit of why Strangford Lough was so important.  If you missed that, CLICK HERE.  Apart from the National Trust looking after 6,000 hectares of shore and seabed, they are also managing 200 hectares of woodland, saltmarsh, wetlands and fields in agriculture working closely with the farmers in these areas.  They own 24 islands in the lough and manage a further 26. Today, I am showing you one of the waders called the Oystercatcher.

This Oystercatcher above appears to have a shortened right leg which made it lean over to the side when it walked and at times it nearly fell over.  You can see in the last two images what i mean.  The bird below is having his lovely daily bath.

The bird above is not the deformed bird that is bathing but i enjoyed taking the sequence of shots although I usually video this action.  

I think you can see from the 2 shots above that the bird in the foreground is not right.

I am linking this post with WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY.

Tomorrow i will show you a few shots of the Common Gull and Herring Gull for you to see the difference.

Many thanks for your visit and also your comments.


  1. Hello, pretty captures of the Oystercatcher. They are cool birds, I hope the one with the leg problem is ok. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

  2. That is too bad about the one oystercatcher. They are lovely birds -- we have seen them pretty often on the Oregon Coast and also when we were in Alaska. I like them because they are so easy to spot with that bright splash of color.