THE LIFE CYCLE OF AN AFRICAN OYSTERCATCHER BREEDING SITE
Posted on the 7th September 2021
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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