The Variable Oyster Catcher is found only in New Zealand and is protected due to its low numbers. It varies in colour from black and white to pure black and has a red bill, red-orange eye ring and pink legs.
It is larger than the Pied Oyster Catcher at 48cm (nearly 19in) long and can live up to 27 years.
They can be very noisy and this one was not shy about telling us to move on. I think there might have been a nest nearby as he tried to lead us away.
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