A beautifully hand carved and painted wood carving of a Oystercatcher.
Oystercatchers are large obvious and rather noisy birds. As waders they use strong bills for smashing or prising open molluscs.
Found on coasts worldwide, their eggs which are grey and speckled provide camouflage against the grey rock as they are laid in a shallow scrape of shingle.
The Oystercatchers eggs are also pointed at one end. Contrary to popular belief, the purpose of this is not to provide space for the chick's long beaks as these develop after hatching but rather to prevent the eggs from rolling down steep slopes.
Simple, elegant decoration beautifully hand carved and painted.
Size: 28cm high (11”)