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!
You can find many more images of birds from around the world at World Bird Wednesday.