1. Ice Swimmer says

    Thank you, all.

    While I claimed in my e-mail to Caine that these are disparate pictures with no common theme or connection, this isn’t strictly speaking true. They are in a way tongue-tied*, as magpie is harakka in Finnish and the Eurasian oystercatcher is meriharakka (sea magpie), the birds aren’t however related to each other apart from being birds.

    * =I’m here all week.

  2. Nightjar says

    The first photo is indeed perfect, I love the liftoff pose you captured.

    Also, sea magpie is a brilliant and funny name for the oystercatcher. After all, they are both black and white. We do a similar thing with the ruddy turnstone, in Portuguese we call it sea dove (rola-do-mar).

  3. Ice Swimmer says

    Nightjar @ 5

    Thank you!

    Oystercatchers are one of my favourite birds to watch. While they’re wary of humans, their behaviour is quite lively and funny and they’re very vocal and curse in Finnish to intruders.

    Ruddy turnstone is karikukko in Finnish (they’re a native species here as well), that would be something like skerry cock (kari = a smallish rock in water, either peeks above the surface or lies just below the surface, close enough to be a navigation hazard, kukko = cock or rooster).

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