The Pied Oystercatcher (Haematopus longirostris) is a wonderful, robust shorebird that I always enjoy watching. This is the Australian species (no surprise there!) and they are rather similar to the black and white Oystercatchers found in New Zealand and Europe.
Generally this species is found on sandy beaches, although these were feeding on a rocky platform that was exposed at low tide.
I spent an enjoyable 1/2 with some of these birds when I was at Wilsons Promontory last weekend, although these pictures are from the East Coast of Tasmania.
As you can see this bird is not living up to its name, and is feeding on muscles!
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