It sprang,  suddenly, from the shadows of the rocks, camouflaged by the dull colors and depth of the granite. Baring its teeth, and making itself known, the colors a blur at its excitement. But a stranger in a land of solitude, an intruder upon the coast, ignorance is bliss so that’s its excuse I suppose…

But it rushed, almost like mad, running in every direction, unpredictable as the sea; the wind in its face, and forgetting its pace, their canine came a bit too close to me.

I was scared, no doubt, but then I breathed a sigh of relief; it left as quickly as it had come, and I’m hoping that this doesn’t repeat.

And then a thud, almost a shake, as if a giant has been awakened, or is starting to stir; pebbles start to crumble; and a shadow approaches, even though it did stumble.

And then it looms, almost menacingly, to crush my home, as it gets far too close.. I try to yell but it seems to have no effect…

You see, I’m a Black Oystercatcher, and this is a human…


Just a twist of perspective to what I see occurring far too frequently to these amazing birds along our coasts, dealing with disturbance.

Marysol Alvarez

Hello everyone!! I'm a recent CSUMB graduate and hence fresh marine scientist! I'm super excited to start this internship with EFTA and use my learned skills in real life, particularly in a field of interest!! Born in Santa Cruz, raised in Watsonville, Christian and total animal lover (particularly aquatic :), I hope you enjoy my blog as I write about this new adventure! cheers, and GOD BLESS!! ^_^/

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