A Drop of Water

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, British Columbia, Canada

This Black Oystercatcher ( Haematopus bachmani ) had water dripping from its orange bill. I've noticed when photographing Black Oystercatchers that their black pupils are not perfectly circular. They have a part near the bottom of the pupil that bleeds into the iris. It seems consistent in all of the Black Oystercatchers. Although they don't swim, chicks will sometimes dive in the water to avoid predators. The Black Oystercatcher can live for more than 15 years. A group of oystercatchers are collectively known as a 'parcel' of oystercatchers.

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