Re: Pied Oystercatchers on Lord Howe and Norfolk Islands

Subject: Re: Pied Oystercatchers on Lord Howe and Norfolk Islands
From: Julian Bielewicz <>
Date: Thu, 2 Apr 1998 22:05:17 +1000 (EST)
At 11:35 2/04/98 +1000, Richard, wrote:

>Mike Carter, birder of note, twitcher, seabirder and sometime desert
>dueller, has posed an interesting question:   Are the pied oystercatchers
>seen occasionally on Lord Howe and Norfolk Islands Pied Oystercatchers
>(Haematopus longirostris), South Island Pied Oystercatchers (H. finschi) or

>I have more than a passing interest having seen a pied oystercatcher on a
>visit to Lord Howe Is in Nov 96.  Unfortunately I was sufficiently dozey at
>the time not to have treated the sighting with anything but the mildest of


Been there, done that, got the tee-shirt!!

Fay and I were over on LHI in April 1996 and had good views of one specimen
on the golf course, and while we were aware that such sightings were a rare
occurance on the island we unfortunately, like Richard, were unaware that
any doubts existed as to the exact identity of this species and "took" it to
be the common or garden brand of Pied Oystercatcher seen in abundance around
here on Queensland's Redcliffe Peninsula.  Not only did we not make any

>attempt to identify it to species, assuming it was an Australian origin
>Pied Oystercatcher),

I didn't even bother photographing it!


Julian Bielewicz
Past President
Queensland Ornithological Society

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