Posted on the 8th August 2018

Draft the introductory comments largely based on information from the BLSA poster & BLO brochure on our campaigns.

Brief description of "piping". Image Andrew Jenkins












Brief description of the weird and wonderful, but often very vulnerable places where oystercatchers breed.

Cliff face at Die Plaat, Overstrand. Image provided
Rocks right at high water mark. Image Carin Malan











Introducing Jenny Parsons and focusing on her dedication to document this nest at Pringle Bay ethically, without interfering on the birds

1. Adult on nest. Focus on incubation period of 27 to 39 days, emphasising the fact that this period plus the 52 days from hatching to fledging documented here, makes for a very long time that nest needs to be protected















The egg beginning to hatch














The first chick has hatched - day 1










Very limited Overstrand municipal signage




Happy family










Dad as sentry
Protection under the wing












Introducing my first mussel















Day 9 - adult brings the mussel


And gently hands it over








And off I go with it - Typically downy chick on day 9























Focus on black lines through eyes & crown
& attentiveness of at least one adult


The two chicks on day 16. Note the black tip to the bill





























Describing development & growth











Ugly as hell on day 28. Note food item















28 Classic image of adult feeding
and collecting a food item








28 Replacing down with feathers


28 again












28 teaching the youngster





28 & being attentive & caring




On day 32 - chick chilled & taking it easy






















Adult chilled on day 32
Day 42 and see changes in the chick










practising those wings
and preening - nearly there








Day 44 - Just about ready to fly. Note very little down left

















Day 52 - they have fledged. Note the black tip to the red bill typical of the juvenile birds












Happy endings
and more










As a conclusion I now need to drive several of the important issues home.

Describing the success of the NVT research and development work


































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