Photo: Black oystercatcher considers the limpet

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We humans have all kinds of fancy tools and the hands with which to use them – but birds? Not so much. That said, they may be having the last laugh. They have wings for flying! And bills for doing things like prying mollusks from rocks, like this wonderful black oystercatcher, Haematopus bachmani, was seen doing in Morro Bay, California. Photographer Don Quintana writes of the experience:

Black Oystercatchers are pretty amazing birds. I enjoyed watching this particular Oystercatcher as it used its bill to pry limpets and barnacles off of the rocks during a low tide near Morro Rock in Morro Bay, California. It’s behaviors like this that are often times overlooked. We often just see the bird. Spending some time observing it gives you the opportunity to watch how it uses its specifically designed bill to pry the limpets, etc. off of rocks. It really is pretty cool to watch!.

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