antagonistic; at odds with each other and the world, fight their way to shore. Push and elbow others aside for supremacy.
In their race to win they fling aside tendrils of spray; shovel mounds of sand from ocean floor to add weight to their angry bluster. Yellow now and murky, they jostle and elbow aside smaller kin, devour, then attack the shore with ferocious assault.
A pair of pied oyster-catchers probe for food, oblivious to their apparent peril, delicate at the water’s edge.
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Photos taken at the Bongil Bongil National Park NSW on the road trip to the Happiness and its Causes conference in Brisbane June 2011.