African Black Oystercatcher Adult and Chick

African Black Oystercatcher adult and chick_┬ęPeterChadwick_AfricanConservationPhotographer

The De Hoop Marine Protected Area in South Africa is famous for its intertidal platforms that are alive with life. These areas provide the perfect feeding grounds for many seabirds including the African black oystercatchers. During the summer months, the oystercatchers breed above the high-water mark and once chicks are old enough, the adult oystercatchers slowly start leading them onto the platforms to teach them how to find their own food and avoid the waves that crash over the rocks.