Cottage Scotland Beach near St Andrews Fife
These Oystercatchers were having a good time on the beach near St Andrews.
The oystercatcher is a large, stocky, black and white wading bird. It has a long, orange-red bill and reddish-pink legs. In flight, it shows a wide white wing-stripe, a black tail, and a white rump that extends as a 'V' between the wings. Because it eats cockles, the population is vulnerable if cockle beds are overexploited. Breeds on almost all UK coasts; over the last 50 years, more birds have started breeding inland. Most UK birds spend the winter on the coast; where they are joined on the east coast by birds from Norway.
Many come to the East Neuk of Fife and stay locally to study the oystercatcher and others of the bird population.