by Guest Writers Suzie Cheel and Des Walsh
These are fascinating birds. Where we see one we always see another at the same time or pretty soon after. An online search told us that as a species they are generally monogamous and show great fidelity to their mate and loyalty to their nesting site, which they apparently defend vigorously. Watching their behavior that all makes sense. They are quite noisy and always seem to be bustling about, presumably looking for shellfish and other delicacies for dinner.
Nothing to do with business, that we can think of: just fun to watch, although no doubt for the oystercatcher and her/his mate it is all quite serious.