I am always glad when I see African Black Oystercatchers (Haematopus moquini) on the beach or next to an estuary. This oystercatcher is a protected bird with a population of less than 5,000 adults. They are noisy plover-like birds with completely black plumage, red legs and a strong broad red bill used for smashing or prying open mollusks such as mussels.
The oystercatcher is unmistakable in flight with its all-dark plumage. The call is a distinctive loud piping. The nest is a bare scrape on pebbles or shingles with the female generally laying 2-4 eggs, which are incubated by both adults.
I was very chuffed with these two pics, specially the first one, as they are exactly on eye level. I was sitting on the rocks waiting for the right opportunity for a pic when this one came quite close to me. I think there must have been a nest somewhere close by as they were making a lot of noise as if they wanted to warn me off.
Info courtesy Wikipedia.