The Sooty Oystercatcher – a vile and scurrilous rumour

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!

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Author: Platypus Man

"Platypus" is a red herring: I'm English, although my blogging career began in my record of a 2016 road trip to Tasmania. Other blogs followed covering road trips in Newfoundland (2017), the Yellowstone area of the USA (2018) and New Zealand (2019). My current project is "Now I'm 64" , a weekly blog covering UK travel and wildlife, along with bits of history, social commentary and moans about the injustice of aging. I can guarantee a few laughs, and also the occasional rant. Some of it's even quite well written!

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