Funny Peculiar


Oyster Catcher. Catcher? Do oysters run away? So why is this an oyster catcher?

Would you call someone who harvests cucumbers a Cucumber Catcher?

Note this particular bird has a club foot, the left foot. The bird is one of a pair nesting for at least the last 5 years in the same small area. During this time they have produced between one and three eggs per season but sadly only one has reached fledgling status – which is when I lost sight of it. In the photo, the chick is almost there.

In the second photo you see the other parent.

The birds take turns to incubate the eggs so I can’t tell which is the male or female.

This pair is one of four breeding pairs along a four Km stretch of the local railway line.



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10 responses to “Funny Peculiar

  1. You have regular sightings of oyster catchers! How wonderful too that you have been able to observe the same pair for so long. Funnily enough, I too have often wondered at the origin of their very practical name (along the lines of Flycatchers!) so your post today sent me to Trevor Carnaby’s “Beat about the Bush: Birds” and he tells us that the name is a descriptive one because these birds ‘have powerful, laterally flattened bills adapted for jabbing at an immobilising oysters, mussels, clams and limpets.’ I LOVE your idea of cucumber catchers!

  2. Nice birds. Guess it is indeed a matter language particularity… but one can catch without running πŸ™‚

  3. I suppose that the terminology arises from the fact that however much oysters tend to remain in one spot, they are organisms capable of moving. The oyster is a sessile (immobile) mollusc that is commonly found clinging onto shipwrecks, debris and harbour walls around the world. Oysters are bivalve molluscs meaning that they are closely related to other animals such as scallops, clams and mussels.

    • Perhaps the name is due to Lewis Carroll:
      O Oysters, come and walk with us!’
      The Walrus did beseech.
      A pleasant walk, a pleasant talk,
      Along the briny beach:
      We cannot do with more than four,
      To give a hand to each.’

      from “The Walrus and the Carpenter”

  4. meetpas1

    looking at the clammed leg, maybe w can call an oyster an oyster catcher catcher.

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