No SIPO at Kurnell today

To: Crispin Marsh <>
Subject: No SIPO at Kurnell today
From: Alan McBride <>
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2007 20:53:53 +1100
The site is what used to be known as the Metromix swamp.

It's about 400 - 500 metres north (towards Kurnell) of the roundabout on Capt Cook Drive. It has a very small entrance area on the left and in this entrance is a sign saying that the inter-tidal mud-flats have been developed by various groups of concerned people. You park in this entrance and walk about 20 metres to the edge of the flats. The parking area on the left is opposite an entrance with more workings on the sand dunes and a sign showing how they re-developing the dunes to help the environment! Incidentally this site usually has two or three Pied Oycs.

As I mentioned earlier I was there today at 11.00 and 12.15 with only one Australian Pied Oystercatcher present at the later visit.

There is a newer boardwalk / lookout overlooking Quibray Bay and Towra Point another 2 or 3Km further on also on the left, which is maybe where Peter means. At this point today were Bar-tailed Godwit (20), Black-tailed Godwit (1) anda number of Grey-tailed Tattlers and Masked Lapwings.

Hope this helps?


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On 13/03/2007, at 18:03 , Crispin Marsh wrote:

Dear Birders,
Following the recent report that a SIPO had been seen at Kurnell (Botany Bay, Sydney) I went down there today to have a look. The original posting said "Lone individual on the tidal sand flats at 1pm. Site is on the left hand side of Captain Cook Drive, 750m north of Elouera Rd". There is no tidal sand flat at that point but there is about 3 Km further on towards Kurnell. There were ~100 bar tailed Godwits, ~10 Curlew and 6 Crested Terns on the flats there but no Pied Oystercatcher (SIPO or otherwise) this afternoon around 3:00 pm I looked along Silver Beach at Kurnell and along Wanda Beach on the ocean side of the Kurnell Peninsular without success.
Peter Marsh.

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