This South Island pied oystercatcher is nesting in the Cass valley, a typical stony riverbed of inland Canterbury’s Southern Alps. The nest consists of a shallow scrape, and the eggs are well camouflaged. This makes them inconspicuous to predatory birds, but vulnerable to careless crushing by drivers and stock that use the river flats as a thoroughfare.
Listen to the pied oystercatcher’s call, with paradise shelducks in the background.
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Photograph by Rod Morris
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