Sooty Oystercatcher Haematopus fuliginosus
Sooty Oystercatcher, Dover, Tasmania, Australia, January 2006 - click for larger image Australia
January / March 2006

The Sooty Oystercatcher is distributed around the coasts of Australia including Tasmania. It breeds mainly on sand and shingle beaches especially on offshore islands. Outside the breeding season it is found on mudflats and sandy beaches.

Sooty Oystercatcher, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, February 2006 - click for larger image It is overall sooty black with a brownish wash on the wings when seen in strong sunlight. The bill is scarlet and the legs are dull pink.
Sooty Oystercatcher with Pied Oystercatcher, Coorong, South Australia, March 2006 - click for larger image
Sooty Oystercatcher with Pied Oystercatcher, Coorong, South Australia, March 2006 - click for larger image
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