Oystercatcher has a handy bill

Bob Trask snapped this shot of a Sooty Oystercatcher finding a meal at the mouth of the Boyne River.

Birds of Boyne and Tannum with Bob Trask

The Sooty Oystercatcher is another species of oystercatcher. All black with red eyes, bill and pink legs, it is endemic to Australia and is found around much of the nation’s coastline.

As the name suggests, it prefers to eat molluscs which it finds on rocky coastlines or where there are rocky outcrops.

To catch its food, it uses its long bill to stab at prey or to lever, prise or hammer open the food items.

In this shot, taken at the mouth of Boyne River, the oystercatcher is busy finding a meal.