Sunday, 20 February 2011

World Bird Wednesday - Pied Oystercatcher.

Whilst walking along the sea wall at Point Lonsdale I found this Pied Oystercatcher working away in the wave wash. It was feeding on beach worms and as these pictures show he (she?) seemed to be doing OK.

This oystercatcher is Haematopus longirostris which is a different species to the American (H. palliatus) and the European pied oystercatchers (H. ostralegus), although I think it would be interesting to see then all at the same time to see if you could sort them out!
The bird would pause as the waves washed over its feet, and then start the gentle pulling again -the picture are all one worm! I watched it find 4 or 5 and it did not snap any of them.

The bird has colour bands as part of the Victorian Wader Study Groups long term study of these birds. In the hand theses are delightful birds, and often just lie up side down in your lap as you process them. However, they are never that easy to trap!


















































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15 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Great sighting and a cool looking bird, Stewart. Except for the color, it is very similiar to the American Oystercatcher.

mick said...

Great photos of the Oystercatcher with the worm. They do better down your way than up here. They have trouble breeding successfully up here in SE QLD.

theconstantwalker said...

A lovely bird I get to watch breeding on my local pool. Lovely images.

joo said...

They are fascinating birds!

Gary said...

Great bird Stewart!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Martha Z said...

Great images. It rather reminds me of eating spaghetti.

Frank said...

Nice to see a species from 'down-under' that I recognise. OC is a true rarity in landlocked Surrey, UK.
I agree Stewart, it would be fun to see all three specie together for a detailed comparison.

Dave said...

old carrot beak!
I am lucky in east Cheshire, although 60 miles from the coast, we have Oystercatchers breeding less than a mile away on a local driving range.... smashing birds

Great images of this lone star

Mike B. @ slugyard.com said...

Wow- what a meal that worm must be!

holdingmoments said...

Lovely captures Stewart. Especially like that last one.

Springman said...

That worm is holding on for dear life! Fantastic series on this shorebird Stewart.

pattyler1 said...

Excellent seres of photos showing the Oystercatcher in action!

Sondra said...

A great hunter--with the right tool for it also!! Awesome look at the pied oystercatcher!

Pat Ulrich said...

nice captures of the oystercatcher -- I especially like the last one with it pulling out the worm!

SKIZO said...

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