Re: foraging Pied Oystercatchers

To: Davis <>
Subject: Re: foraging Pied Oystercatchers
From: Jill Dening <>
Date: Sun, 28 Jun 1998 11:38:23 +1000

Yes, I was surprised some years ago to see POCs foraging on a grassy oval
just behind the beach in Caloundra. I lived nearby, and only observed this
for a few days at one point, and then never again. I might add that the
POCs never used the nearby beach, which was usually overrun by feral
children. They used to frequent the sandbars in the passage where humans
seldom went.

>Hi all.
>Just thought I'd report an interesting sighting that occurred on Friday
>19th June 1998 at Matilda Bay in Western Australia. I saw some black and
>white birds foraging around a litter bin, high up on the grass (approx. 100
>m from the Swan River) at Matilda Bay near the University of Western
>Australia. I realised upon close inspection that the birds were actually
>Pied Oystercatchers. I was astonished and was able to get very close to
>them (wish I had a camera!). I normally associate this species with feeding
>on mudflats and beaches and thought this observation rather unusual. Has
>anybody else documented such behaviour?
>Robert Davis

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