Eagle-eyed Leo spots rare birds

030713 Leo defeu at tesco, linlithgow. Family of oyster catchers on roof.
030713 Leo defeu at tesco, linlithgow. Family of oyster catchers on roof.
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Every little helps and Tesco in Linlithgow has gone above and beyond by becoming the chosen launch pad for a pair of oystercatchers.

Eagle-eyed local artist Leo du Feu has seen the birds nesting on Tesco’s flat gravelly roof for the past two years, and they were back again to hatch their brood, and fledge their young this June.

The interesting choice of first home inspired Leo to write to Tesco hoping they will continue to provide an excellent habitat for the birds if redeveloped.

Leo said: “Oyster catchers aren’t a species thought to be currently at risk, but they are beautiful birds that deserve to be watched and celebrated.

“It would be a great shame to lose what is known to be an excellent breeding spot for such fascinating birds.”

Oystercatchers are plumaged wading birds with black heads, white undersides, bright red eyes, orange legs and beaks, and live 12 years on average.