Capricorn Coast Birds
   
 
  Pied Oystercatcher
Haematopus longirostris
Average size 50 cm
 
         
 
 
         
   
     
 
     
 
Distribution; native to Australia and are found in coastal areas throughout the continent except for areas of unbroken sea cliffs such as the Great Australian Bight, closely related forms are found in almost every continent in the world.
Habitat; mudflats, sandbanks and sandy ocean beaches.
Diet; bivalve molluscs such as pippies, cockles and clams with worms, crustaceans and insects also being eaten.
Males and females look the same, the nest is a shallow scrape in sand, shell grit or shingle just above high water mark.
I see these regularly on Farnborough Beach, both these photos were taken at Barwells Creek but they are also at Bangalee.