South Island Pied Oystercatcher at Ballina NSW

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Subject: South Island Pied Oystercatcher at Ballina NSW
From: "Robert Inglis" <>
Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2002 21:52:48 -0800
Hello all,

On Wed, 23 Jan 2002 21:52:45 +1100
Alan Morris
records Officer, Birding NSW
>There has been some speculation that the SIPO at Patches Beach, South Ballina
could be the same bird as being seen in SE Queensland. I doubt that this is the
>case, because this same SIPO has frequented the long beach between Ballina &
Evans Head, usually somewhere on Patches Beach from the 6th November >1998 up to
the present. While the reporting rate has dropped significantly since 1999 when
the bird's presence was first publicised, the bird has been regularly >reported
at the same site ever since then. At the time the bird was regularly being
reported at Ballina, the other SIPO (s) were being seen near Brisbane.

Thank you Alan for that information.
I have been asking for such information for some time now without any success.
Other birders also have been asking for information on the current locations for
the SIPO in Australia.
I and others were under the impression that the SIPO was no longer present at

Would it be too much to ask you to confirm that a SIPO was present in the
Ballina/Evans Head area on or around any of the following dates?

10th to 28th April 2001
4th to 26th June 2001
1st July 2001
1st August 2001
3rd September 2001
11th November 2001

On those dates, and others, I observed a SIPO in the WoodyPoint/Clontarf area of
SE Queensland.

Confirmation would show that at least 2 South Island Pied Oystercatchers were
present in Australia at the same time.
Have the observers reporting to you claimed sightings of more than one
individual SIPO at a time?

This would suggest the possibility that this species has established a route to
Australia and that even more are present and that a pure, non hybridised
population could establish itself in Australia in the near future.
What this would mean for the viability of the Pied Oystercatcher is interesting
to contemplate.

Incidentally, what is Birding NSW?

Bob Inglis
Woody Point

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