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Oystercatchers in Flight at Old Hunstanton, Norfolk, UK

Oystercatchers are large, stocky, black and white wading birds. They have a long, orange-red bill and reddish-pink legs. In flight they show a wide, white wing-stripe, a black tail and a white rump that extends as a ‘V’ between the wings.

Because Oystercatchers eat cockles, the population is vulnerable if cockle beds are overexploited.

They breed on almost all UK coasts. During 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


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