South Island pied oystercatcher (1510/2613)

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When resting on one leg it is easy to think an oystercatcher must only have one leg—they can be quite reluctant to lower the other one. However, this unfortunate bird clearly has lost a leg to some mishap.

Common names
South Island pied oystercatcher, New Zealand pied oystercatcher, Finsch's oystercatcher, tōrea, torea, SIPO, South Island oystercatcher
Avon-Heathcote Estuary, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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