I am probably unique amongst birders in nominating the oystercatcher as my favourite bird. In my view they are feisty and handsome things that are guaranteed to brighten up any day spent wetland or coastal birding.
Yesterday I was extolling their virtues to my esteemed colleague Mike, himself a lapsed birder. I explained that I was particularly excited by the prospect of encountering a different species – the Sooty Oystercatcher – on our trip to Tassie. He responded by wondering if this was simply a regular oystercatcher with Matthew Corbett’s hand up its bum.
Shame on you, Mike. RSPCA Australia will hear about this!