Day 147. Sooty Oystercatcher

In January 2013 on January 6, 2013 at 2:12 pm


Am I the only sucker whose father regularly consulted ‘What Bird is That?‘ during her childhood?

Dare I add it has rubbed off on me?

Today I did a little amateur bird-watching at Pondolowie Bay, Yorkes Peninsula.

The images shown here are of a Sooty Oystercatcher, the only all-black shorebird of Australia. According to Birdlife Australia, the sooty oystercatcher:

  • Is endemic to Australia and is widespread in coastal eastern, southern and western Australia;
  • Often eat molluscs, but they also take other invertebrates, such as crustaceans and worms, opportunistically;
  • Usually forage along rocky or coral coasts, where prey may be stabbed, prised, levered, hammered, scissored or picked from the surface of the rocks.

The two that I spotted were foraging in the tidal sand, extracting morsels from about 5 cms deep.






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