The Oystercatcher, Haematopus ostralegus, is generally regarded as a wader to be seen on the coast digging into the sand with its long orange bill and is often heard before it is seen with its shrill, piping call.
But, they are ground nesting birds and need an environment where they can raise their young and as such can often be seen on upland moors away from the coast, including here in the Swaledale and Arkengarthdale areas of the North Yorkshire moors. The Oystercatcher is in decline in the UK but there seems to be a steady population in the northern upland moors, indeed there were more than is usual on my latest venture over the border. They can often be seen stood on the familiar Yorkshire drystone walls or in flight with others making a bit of a racket as they frantically flap their wings in flypasts. Below are a few images from this latest venture. More images from this, and earlier, trips can be seen here.