Icelandic Oystercatcher

These birds can be found from the coastal regions to the inland meadows in Iceland. While most birds leave the island in the autumn, heading for the British isles, coastal Europe and even Africa, hundreds of Oystercatchers tough it out through the winter months. By doing so they save themselves two long flights, potentially ensuring they are able to start the next breeding season promptly.

These birds look after their young for longer than most waders and have developed the interesting habit of simulating crippled wings to lure predators away from their nests.



2 thoughts on “Icelandic Oystercatcher

  • May 29, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    Would love to return to Iceland one day…only spent a couple of hours in the airport, transiting from JFK to Heathrow.

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      May 29, 2016 at 5:14 pm

      I would definitely recommend it – the country is beautiful and there is so much to see!

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Icelandic Oystercatcher

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