On 20th April 2013 I revisited Chavakad beach at Tiruvatra Puthan Kadapuram to find four Oystercatchers. A few weeks ago I found three of them at the same location and reported it earlier in Keralabirder internet group. The injured bird is still getting along though with a lot of difficulties in movement.
Meanwhile I got a chance to meet photographer Vijesh Vallikunnu who took its photos a year ago in 2012 summer. Mr Vijesh was kind enough to send me a few photos of the injured Eurasian Oystercatcher in trapped condition with a long pole like snare fixed to its left toe. This was taken in early 2012 from Tiruvatra Puthan Kadapuram by Vijesh. This year exactly a year after this take by Vijesh the bird seems to have lost its toe completely and got rid of the snare part.
We can imagine the pain and suffering this beautiful little creature had undergone for over a year now. It has gone back to Europe and come back to Kerala again. Will it make it next time in the coming winter? Only time can tell. Let us hope for the better and expect this challenged but brave bird in Kerala cost again.
Though it has got rid of the big stick like trap part, the injury and open wound seems to be sore even today and the infection may be fatal to its very life. I think experts and specialists can help in this ragard after carefully examining the images here and probably after field observations later.
A few small gulls and Lesser Crested Terns are also left in the beach in this advanced summer. Green Shanks and Sand Plovers are also common. I spent a whole afternoon at the beach and it seems that almost all the big gulls and other shorebirds have gone back because of the rising temperatures here. But the Oystercatchers are still lingering and why… perhaps the misery of their fellow is forcing them to stay on this alien shore in extreme heat.