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By March these charis­matic waders, starkly mono­chrome save for or­ange bills and eyes and pink legs, are leav­ing win­ter­ing ar­eas on es­tu­ar­ies and salt-marshes for their breed­ing grounds. Since they breed around the en­tire coast­line of Bri­tain and Ire­land, some may not have far to go. But grow­ing num­bers of oys­ter­catch­ers nest in­land, es­pe­cially fur­ther north, favour­ing short, sparse grass­land, arable fields and peb­bly is­lands in rivers. Newly re­turned pairs dis­play lustily. Male and fe­male strut side by side or play chase, with

bills open wide to pipe their shrill duets.

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