SOUTH ISLAND pied oystercatcher.
When I'm out " Twitching" with my Grand-daughter as she likes to do - she calls and records this bird as a SIPOC. which means South Island Pied Oyster-catcher. Oh "twitching " is the common term for 'Birding' or Birdspotting.
This picture is of a juvenile SIPOC as it will redden up its bill and legs as it matures. My guess is this is this year bred. They are found right throughout New Zealand but only breed in the South Island East of the Southern alps. Theymate for life making a shallow scrape in the sand and line it with a few twigs and pebbles. - 1-3 eggs both sharing the nest duties.
- Canon EOS 60D