This is a belated message but I also saw the SIPO at the Pelican Point
rock-wall at high tide on Friday April 20, with about 15 Oz POs. A warning -
at nearby Woody Point there was an Oz PO with no feet, looking very
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From: Robert Inglis <>
To: birding-aus <>
Date: Saturday, 21 April 2001 17:03
Subject: Sipo still at Pelican Park 21/4/2001
>It's still there so don't despair!!
>The South Island Pied Oystercatcher (SIPO) was once again on the rock-wall
>the boat-ramp at Pelican Park, Clontarf, Queensland, today 21/4/2001.
>I observed it from about 8:30 am to about 9:15 am, just after high-tide.
>The SIPO was with a mixed flock of terns, gulls and oystercatchers resting
>This does seen to be a favoured spot for the SIPO and Pied Oystercatchers
>so anyone planning a 'twitching' trip to the area should start there.
>Of course, there is no guarantee it will be there; I spent a few days
>looking without luck at all!
>Directions to the 'regular' SIPO locations in the area:
>The boat-ramp in Pelican Park is shown on Map 91 at F18 in the Brisbane UBD
>For those people coming from Brisbane over the Houghton Highway, take the
>Esplanade that follows the water-front; turn right at the first entrance to
>Pelican Park (opposite the Shell service station on the corner of Thomas
>Please be careful if you are tempted to walk out on this rock wall as the
>boulders can be slippery at times.
>Street directory reference: UBD Refidex Map 91, D19.
>At the southern end of Clontarf Beach.
>This rock groyne is at the start of the rock wall and is adjacent to the
>lights at the Redcliffe end of the Houghton Highway Bridge.
>An obvious marker is the advertising sign: :Subway, Subway, Subway'.
>This sign will be across the road and behind you as you view the groyne.
>This is probably an alternative high tide roost for when things get a bit
>at the boat-ramp.
>Take care with the traffic at this location as the road system is a little
>complex and the traffic can be constant and some people like to travel
>(Crockatt Park, Woody Point)
>To get to Crockatt Park, Woody Point, from Pelican Park, continue along the
>Esplanade and take the right hand turn before the 'main' road sweeps to the
>Continue carefully into the 'business' area (where the round-about and
>centre-parking bays are).
>Immediately to your right is Crockatt Park.
>The area to the east of the jetty is also a good place to check out before
>after high tide.
>This area can be busy at weekends.
>Brisbane UBD Refidex road directory, Map 91 C19, the western end of
>This road is almost due west of the groyne at the southern end of Clontarf
>(see below for directions to this location).
>Coming from Brisbane (from the south) it is necessary to be in the left
>when exiting the Houghton Highway Bridge.
>Take the left lane off the bridge (do not go along the Esplanade that
>Turn left immediately after going through the traffic lights (immediately
>a couple of metres).
>If coming from the north the road can be accessed from the right-hand lane
>Elizabeth Ave by turning right at the traffic lights at the northern end of
>Houghton Highway Bridge. This can be confusing the first time. If you find
>yourself heading onto the bridge it is possibly to circle back through the
>before entering onto the bridge and then turn left into Haysmouth Pde as
>described above for when coming from Brisbane.
>The road appears to have no name sign at the moment but you will be in the
>correct road if you are going up a fairly steep incline immediately after
>turning the corner.
>Continue to the end of the road.
>Look for the bird along the shore line in this area.
>If tempted to walk on the intertidal area be careful of soft patches.
>If all of these fail, try anywhere accessible along the shore line of the
>See also Andrew Stafford's posting for Fri 20Apr 2001.
>To see some images of the Woody Point South Island Pied Oystercatcher click
>If all the usual factors fall into place positively, I will endeavour to
>some time at the Pelican Park Boat-ramp around High-tide (approx 8:30 am)
>morning of 22/4/2001.
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