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For three years in a row, the restaurant is plagued by ‘some oystercatcher’
Beveren It would be a ‘Suske and Wiske’-album, but the ‘some oystercatcher’ is unfortunately for restaurant Bebronna in Kallo is no fiction. Every year around this period leaves the bird a trail of droppings behind on the terrace, while he intensively with its beak on the window tap. “Typical macho behaviour of the oystercatcher in the period of reproduction,” explains vogelexpert Dominique Verbelen.

Who between april and June, a bite to eat at Bebronna in the port of antwerp, will there except Scheldezicht also the spectacle of a ‘some oystercatcher’. For the third year in a row the case of Bjorn Meersman company of a bird that constantly with its snout against the windows tap and a trace of bird droppings and leaves. “We need to every day the brush out to the terrace to scrub,” says Meersman. “‘The White and Drifted’, as we call it, already smiling. You would almost hope that it rains so that the bird droppings wash away. In dry periods it is hard work to all the filth of the stones.”

Oystercatcher are the machos of the birds. In the period of reproduction they can be very defensive.

Ornithologist Dominique Verbelen
machos of the birds

The story reminds of " Cor the Some Oystercatcher’, which last week a temporary beroemdheidsstatus acquired in the Netherlands. In Bladel, just across the Dutch border between Turnhout and Eindhoven is facing a merchandisebedrijf with the exact same problem. “We thought we would with one crazy bird sat” continued Meersman. “But it is apparently still for.” According to ornithologist Dominique Verbelen of Natuurpunt is the behavior typical of birds during the breeding and nesting season. “For oystercatchers is that between mid-april and the end of June,” says Verbelen. “The bird will be very territorial, and are broedstekje defend. It is probably a male, which in the mirror is a potential enemy sees that his wife wants to join in. Because in nature not a lot of reflective elements, the bird is not by which he against himself to compete.”

Oystercatchers belong also to the biggest machos of the birds, says Verbelen. “They have an extensive baltsritueel, with explicit dance moves to a female to impress. If there is competition lurking, they become very defensive.” An unfortunate side-effect of this: a terrace which is covered is located under the vogelstront. “With aggression or territoriumdrang has nothing to do”, says Verbelen. “It is rather explained by the fact that the bird is often on that place, and therefore the need for on-the-spot.”

Piece of folklore

a Daily brush out and scrub. Much more you can against the macho behaviour of the oystercatcher is not a business, know Verbelen. “You would have the mirror effect by taking a piece of paper or poster for the window to paste. Or hang a kind of pendulum for the diamonds, so the bird is not in its mirror hit. For a restaurant that of course is not as attractive. But if it's any consolation: the oystercatcher finds it increasingly difficult in Belgium. It is particular that you happen to come across one. In addition, the breeding period is already started, so the owner in the best case, about two to four weeks.”

managing Director Meersman looks, the humor still in. “After three years we are the simply become. For our customers, he is already part of an annual piece of folklore. They can laugh about it.” Fortunately, because the risk lies in that the machovogel next year again pops up between april and June. “The animals tend to remain faithful to a breeding ground, as once to the expectations”, Verbelen. “Once they have a good litter have found, they will be happy to return.”

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