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Natural World of Southern Vancouver Island through the lens of Captain Yves- Part 1

Over the next few weeks we’re featuring some fun facts about some of our favorite beautiful birds of the Pacific Northwest. First up is the Black Oystercatcher (BOC)!

This well camouflaged bird blends into the dark rocky backgrounds of its habitat. They would be hard to spot it it wasn’t for their striking beak and eyes.

The BOC is the only representative of the Oystercatcher family on the west coast living in the area between Alaska to Baha. In the region of California /Baha  BOC overlaps with the American Oystercatcher.

There are between 10 to 12,000 of them!

Their long beak allows for them to probe in the grounds around the shore for food.

They lay  2 or 3 eggs which have a very hard shell , strong enough to survive waves and surf if required.

Let us know what birds you would like to see next!

All photos taken by Captain Yves with a zoom lens.

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