The Pied Oystercatcher (Haematopus longirostris) is found all around the coast of Australia, with a greater fondness for sandy beaches that rocky ones. It's noisy, easy to spot and always busy - its my kind of bird really.
I had some very good views in Tasmania - and managed to get some images of what I take to be family parties of these birds.
You can tell the juveniles in these pictures by the shorter beak and the scalloping on the feathers on the back.
As you can see they do not avoid rocks entirely - and as you may also see, they dont always eat oysters. One of the beaches where I took these pictures had a healthy population on small soldier crabs - they would cork-screw themselves into the sand as you approached. They were very popular with my kids and equally popular with the oystercatchers.
These (rather over cropped) images show what happens to the crabs when their defences fail!
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