I took this photo six years ago of black oystercatchers near our house in Monterey County. This shorebird is fast disappearing due to loss of habitat (climate change). I haven’t seen one in more than two years. Sad.
I spotted these black oystercatchers with their red rimmed eyes yesterday about a 1,000 feet from Carmel State Beach. What I find amazing is that 30 feet away in the undergrowth I saw rabbits and quail with, of course, pelicans flying overhead. Nice. .