The Oystercatcher is approximately the size of a small gull. One day in December 2003 a Turnstone decided to join a small group of Oystercatchers who called by, providing a good opportunity to see the difference in size.
Photograph (right) - December 2003
The two birds pictured below do not show the characteristic bright orange / red eye. Also the colour of their legs and bills is not fully developed and the back is somewhat brownish. All of this suggests that they are first winter birds - which may be why they let me get a little closer than usual. These photos will enlarge quite well.