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Eurasian Oystercatchers, unlike their American kin, often forage and nest well away from coastlines, where they use well-drained substrates such as gravel beds for nesting. Photo by participant Jeanette Shores.
At Minsmere, a sanctuary of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Jeanette Shores also managed to get a photo of this Pied Avocet with prey, a neat trick!
Minsmere is also home to nesting Little Grebes ("Dabchicks"), whose breeding plumage includes a chestnut face and neck as well as a white dot at the base of the bill. From hatching through fledging, chicks peck at this white dot to solicit food from parents. Photo by guide Willy Perez.