The Sooty Oystercatcher (Haematopus fuliginosus) is found round all of Australia - but Flinders is the closest place to Melbourne you can see them. And while I did see one - it was just a black Oystercatcher shaped blob in the distance.
When you unpack the meaning of the binomial name - or in my case look up what it means in a book - it comes out "sooty blood-red foot" - the blood red foot bit being the genus and the sooty the second part of the name. (You cant claim these post are grippingly educational!)
This species is normally found on rocky shores - and only very occasionally in the company of the black and white Pied Oystercatcher. So the picture of this species on a beach, with the other species in the background is a little unusual.
I really like these birds and could watch them for ages.
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