SIPO at Woody Point update

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Subject: SIPO at Woody Point update
From: "Robert Inglis" <>
Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2001 14:54:49 -0700
Hello All,

Today, 11/4/2001, the South Island Pied Oystercatcher that I saw yesterday at
Woody Point was found with a flock of about 20 (Australian) Pied Oystercatchers
about 1.5 km due west of my original sighting location.
It was with the other oystercatchers (and a mixed flock of waders, terns and
gulls) on the protective rockwall to the 'sea-ward' side of the boat-ramp in
Pelican Park at Clontarf.
The boat-ramp is shown on Map 91 at F18 in the Brisbane UBD Refidex.
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
St)...... any attempt to turn right before this point will cause you to get very

Please be careful if you are tempted to walk out on this rock wall as the
boulders can be slippery at times.

Possibly the best time to go to this location for this bird would be within an
hour or two of high-tide, either side.
Other than at high tide, an outcrop of rocks is exposed a short distance
directly out from the boat-ramp.
This is a favoured spot for a variety of beach birds including Oystercatchers so
it could be a likely spot to inspect if the SIPO is not on the rockwall.
This is also the spot were I recently saw a Sooty Oystercatcher.

A correction to my original posting on this subject:
The scientific name for South Island Pied Oystercatcher is Haematopus finschi
not Heamatopus finschi.

Good birding
Bob Inglis
Woody Point, SE Queensland.

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