American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus), occasionally called the American Pied Oystercatcher - a member of family Haematopodidae. The bird is marked by its black and white body and a long, thick orange beak. This shorebird is approximately 19 inches (42 – 52 cm) in length.

American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus), occasionally called the American Pied Oystercatcher - a member of family Haematopodidae. The bird is marked by its black and white body and a long, thick orange beak. This shorebird is approximately 19 inches (42 – 52 cm) in length.

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Oyster Catcher at RSPB Titchwell on 7th Jan 2014 photo by Roger Stelfox
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Curlew at RSPB Titchwell on 7th Jan 2014. When I was a child, the sound of these birds meant long, light summer evenings. We called them Peewits.

Curlew at RSPB Titchwell on 7th Jan 2014. When I was a child, the sound of these birds meant long, light summer evenings. We called them Peewits.

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Grey herons are very impressive when they take-off and and swish past you, a huge poweful bird, a perfect fisher

Grey herons are very impressive when they take-off and and swish past you, a huge poweful bird, a perfect fisher

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This piping plover may look like it has many legs, but it is taking its four newborns under its wing to keep them warm. Photographer Michael Milicia snapped away as the young shorebirds hid at Sandy Point State Reservation in Massachusetts.

This piping plover may look like it has many legs, but it is taking its four newborns under its wing to keep them warm. Photographer Michael Milicia snapped away as the young shorebirds hid at Sandy Point State Reservation in Massachusetts.

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Atlantic puffins (Fratercula arctica), Isle of Lunga, Treshnish Isles, Scotland, June.

Atlantic puffins (Fratercula arctica), Isle of Lunga, Treshnish Isles, Scotland, June.

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Bittern heard booming and finally seen at the Attenborough Centre on 23rd April 2014

Bittern heard booming and finally seen at the Attenborough Centre on 23rd April 2014

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