This site, describing the Black Oystercatchers of Stanley Park, was a helpful one. I learned that they spend their entire life cycle along a fairly short stretch of Stanley Park's shoreline. That amazed me, as our sightings have been so rare that I still feel it has been a rare bit of good luck when one appears. The video below is also excellent. It is over six minutes long, but is beautifully filmed and narrated, giving a personal account by a knowledgeable birder. Finally, if you are curious about the sound of oystercatchers, scroll down a bit at this link.
"I missed you, Bill!"
The loner that stayed behind when the others left seemed to have no fear of us. Below, s/he walks toward us.
The Stanley Park Oystercatchers are stabbers. It takes them about three years to perfect this system, and so they stay with their parents for longer than many birds.
I wonder why this particular bird was so at ease around us.
As we walked up this favourite path to our parked bikes, I asked Bill to pose for..
I am posting two short videos that I took. Video is not my strength and I had the 500 mm lens on with no tripod, so they're a bit shaky. In this first one (26 seconds), the Oystercatcher nimbly balances on one leg, scratches a bit, and then hops over the rocks to another feeding spot.
This second one is 43 seconds. It is also wobbly but gives you a fairly good idea of their walking style and their stabbing technique.