Oystercatchers waiting for the tide to go out after a thunderstorm. Swipe left for a rare sighting of a three-legged, three-beak oystercatcher.
As I mentioned in the earlier post, I only had the 18-55mm zoom, so had to sneak up to this small tuft of grass to get pictures of them. When they're aware of you and just waiting to see what you'll do, Oystercatchers will put one wing across their face - like the cartoon Darkwing Duck - and just sit there watching you with one eye looking over their wing. If you approach too fast they'll walk or fly away, and if one flies away, they all will. Usually they'll just fly in a big circle and return to the beach further away than before, and you have to start sneaking again from the beginning.
During the day you'll usually only find them in small groups, but at sunrise and sunset they hang out in large groups like this.
The shadow in the other pic is me laying flat in the sand.