inland oycs

Subject: inland oycs
From: Richard Loyn <>
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 14:36:25 +1100
The furthest inland I've seen Pied Oystercatchers in Australia is about
400m: a pair took to roosting regularly at high tide on top of nest boxes
on Bullock Swamp on French Island (BOCA Western Port survey).  The contrast
with overseas "pied" oystercatchers is intriguing.  As a complete contrast,
I saw several pairs of Magellanic Oystercatchers in the middle of the
Patagonian desert, up to 200 km from the coast.  One pair that I stopped
and watched were holding territory on dry steppe, but there was a small
soak and drain from roadhouse nearby.  Kelp Gulls were also present at that
spot.  Richard.

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