Ploverbeach we called it, the stretch of beach between Blouberg beach and the old Horse trails. A pair of Oystercatchers were struggling to hold onto their breeding territory while the area became popular with holidaymakers and new residents who moved into the area.



Thursday, August 6, 2015

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Are the Oyster-catcher birds of Bigbay still allive. If they are not, shame on all Bigbay beach goers and BCA. Your disinterest killed them.

We left Cape Town in 2012.     Even then, we stopped going to the beach because it became too sad to watch the last two Oystercatchers struggling to remain on their nest while beach goers and their dogs walk over the dunes.

During the breeding season, even the male could not go to the rocks to get food, because continuous interruption from passers by kept them alert.      When the chicks were born, it was even worse because every one and his dog wanted to go and photograph them.   They were driven further and further into the bushes, just to be driven out again by dogs or other predators.

I was glad in a way that we left before we see one of the birds, after so many years surviving under the most difficult conditions, dead on the beach.  Mauled by dogs, or watch a lone bird looking for his mate.

We recorded the last days of the oystercatchers and plovers on Bigbay beach, in a hope that it would shake the conservation department of Rietvlei Cape or The BCA to arrange and monitor volunteer teams to protect the birds during breeding season.

Secondly, the fate of these birds will soon be the fate of all the birds along the coast from Melkbos to Bigbay, as this is becoming a popular sunbathing and beach-walking strip.

Have you ever compared the footprint of a human to that of an animal?   Humans cause so much damage to nature.

A new era of Oyster-catcher blogging is to start on these pages.

The Oyster-catchers of the most southern point of Africa.      Here the birds can still live as nature intended.    Happy birds!

The black Oyster-catcher reminds me of the many black children in South Africa who cannot grow up in safety, have enough food to eat or the education love and support that is the birthright of all children.

There is so much suffering among animals and birds by the hands of humans:  Canned lion hunting, cruel farming practices, rhino poaching, canned lion hunting, intolerance and misunderstanding when baboons clashes with  people who made their homes of their territory and much more ....

Therefore, for the remainder of this blog we will write happy Oyster-catcher posts.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

030 Nowhere to hide.

The safety of the dunes or high-water mark does not exist on this beach.
There is nowhere for the Oystercatchers who have been visiting this beach long before people became interested in it.
Long before the decision was made to change the face of Big Bay 'The people's beach'

If these birds are to breed here in the future, we will need volunteers who will protect them during the summer months of November - February.
We need someone, over the weekends and public holidays, which will make sure the public does not disturb them while they are breeding.

Perhaps a fund can be created for this.

We should be proud of our last two Big Bay Oystercatchers.
There are no other breeding Oystercatchers between BCA and Blouberg strand.

029 The birds leave their hiding place

The birds are on the move with their chicks.   This must make the bird watchers happy when the Oystercatchers leave their place of safety, and their natural habitat and dash for the only clear road, the bush but how long before they are disturbed there too.

What happens when that person with the five dogs comes along now hat their scent is easily to follow?

Last year the birds did not manage to rear any chicks and the year before they only managed to rear one of their two chicks.

029 Then all hell breaks loose


All hell breaks loose when everyone seem to jump onto the bandwaggon and want to view the birds.

028 Fluched out by bird-watcher

A bird lover watcher comes over the dunes.  He knows about birds.

He knows how to flush them out so he can have a better look.

The birds have to find another hiding place, but they are sandwiched between the approaching perceived danger and the filming couple on the big dune.

027 Leaving hiding place.

It is time to go and the female urges her chicks to leave the cover as a new threat approaching.

A family decided to settle nearby, unaware of the birds.