These rather smart looking birds are Sooty Oystercatchers. There are two races of this bird in Australia - and this is the one known as 'fuliginosus' and it has a longer bill and a smaller eye ring than the other type which is found in Northern Australia (Note to self: book flight to Darwin)
I often see these birds on the open, ocean beaches of Wilsons Prom. And this is exactly where I found these birds.
If you look closely at the birds you can see that there are droplets of water on their backs - and the pale lines sweeping across the image are not some weird photoshop effect. You may have guessed by now, but it was raining when I took these shots! I really like these birds and in better weather I have been known to watch them for a very long time - they are always so busy and they have a comical plumpness that makes them very watchable.
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