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Oystercatcher, African Black

Unread postby Jumbo » Sun Sep 24, 2006 10:47 am

Tsitsikamma, February 2006

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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Sun Sep 24, 2006 12:04 pm

They are often seen at the Boulders penguin colony in TMNP.
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Unread postby j-ms » Sun Sep 24, 2006 6:08 pm

Since the ban on vehicles on beaches, they have become as common as ditchwater in front of our house.

The problem with vehicles on beaches vs BOCs was that the BOCs nest and lay their eggs in the debris at the high level mark and of course this was always in the target zone of beach vehicles, so eggs/chicks would be crushed.

The other danger is dogs not on leashes on the beaches (sorry dog lovers - your loving pets are a major danger to BOCs).

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Unread postby Loams » Tue Sep 26, 2006 11:05 am

They are often seen on the beaches between Knysna and Buffalo bay.... In fact, it's guaranteed.
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Unread postby arks » Sun Oct 29, 2006 9:31 pm

Tsaarsbank, WCNP, 9 April 2006

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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon Oct 30, 2006 7:31 pm

The numbers are increasing nicely now.
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Unread postby Jay » Mon Oct 30, 2006 7:35 pm

Bush Baptist wrote:The numbers are increasing nicely now.


yeah it's kinda a happy and sad story, we used to have a breeding pair on both the beaches here, but unfortunately people insist on letting their dogs run around :( , but at the same time, the beaches where dogs have to be on leashes round here have seen a lovely increase in the jet black birds :D

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Unread postby MarkWildDog » Fri Jan 19, 2007 2:54 pm

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African Black Oystercatcher
Haemapotus moquini

Easy to identify - all-black with a red beak, legs and eyes.

Size: 44 cm.
Sexes: Alike.
Juvenile and Immature birds: Duller, have orange bills with brown tips. Legs are greyish/pinkish.
Habitat: Coastal.
Call: 'Klee-kleeep', fast 'peeka-peeka-peeka' and rapid trilling.

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Unread postby francoisd » Tue Sep 18, 2007 4:15 pm

Saw two this morning on my way to work driving down Beach Rd in Strand.

There are quite a number of them in our area and TG and I found a group of 23 while visiting a local birding spot a couple of months ago.
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Unread postby Guinea Pig » Tue Jun 03, 2008 9:39 am

Abit of folklore about this bird:

My uncle calls them Tobies. They are deemed to be the most stupid of any of the ocean birds. You'll always see them accompanied by Kelp Gulls, for one reason: their eggs are laid in the open with no protection at all. The Gulls wait for them to get up, grabs an egg, cracks it open with its beak or a stone. It's also the coastal weatherman. A day or two before bad weather sets in the entire flock will start calling constantly. Sure sign they say that the weather is turning bad.
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Tue Jun 03, 2008 10:00 am

Interesting, GP.

I saw no less than 18 of these birds in Groot Brak river two months ago. Which to me is excellent news!

Saw 4 on Sunday. :D

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Unread postby Guinea Pig » Tue Jun 03, 2008 10:31 am

You'll like this news then WTM 8) We were in Blue Horizon Bay, 5km from the Van Stadens River Mouth. I counted 30 in one go on the beach in front of the place we were staying at.
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Tue Jun 03, 2008 11:04 am

Indeed awesome news!

Just another success story for proper conservation. :clap:

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Unread postby JenB » Tue Jun 03, 2008 1:46 pm

The nest, keep your eyes open when strolling on the beach! :wink:
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Re: Oystercatcher, African Black

Unread postby Ferdelance » Tue May 05, 2009 5:02 pm

I've seen a pair of ABOC regularly in the bluewaterbay area towards despatch in P.E

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