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THE LIFE CYCLE OF AN AFRICAN OYSTERCATCHER BREEDING SITE

Posted on the 3rd September 2018

One of the main aims of BirdLife Overberg's CleanMarine campaign is to focus on the protection of African Oystercatcher and White-fronted Plover nest sites along the Overstrand coastline. The nesting efforts of these beach breeding birds are easily disturbed by people and particularly dogs moving too close to the sites often leading to the birds abandoning the nests or chicks. Jenny Parsons completed a comprehensive documentation of the entire breeding and chick rearing cycle of a pair of African Oystercatchers at Pringle Bay during the previous summer. This process will be discussed in detail at the BirdLife Overberg monthly talk on 10 September and will be beautifully illustrated by Jenny's images. DETAILS: VENUE – Community Hall at Mollergren Park, Hermanus. Time – 18h30 for 19h00. COSTS – We will cater at R 100.00 per head. Remember to bring your own drinks and glasses. RSVP – Helé at birding@southernartceramics.com or sms at 073 456 0393. Reserve your spot now to avoid disappointment.

Herewith a brief summary of some of the images - a comprehensive overview of images will be released after the talk and used as an awareness campaign.

On the nest - the incubation period of African Oystercatchers is between 27 and 39 days!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The chick hatching

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proud parents with chick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introducing the chick to a mussel - the primary food source

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The chick being fed on its 9th day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The chicks on 16 days

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not too much of a pretty sight on its 28th day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taking it easy on day 32

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lots of adult plumage on day 44

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 52 and the chicks are ready to fledge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With recognition of the groundbreaking work undertaken by Dr Mark Brown of the Nature's Valley Trust

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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