Sooty Oystercatchers in Port Phillip Bay

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Subject: Sooty Oystercatchers in Port Phillip Bay
From: "michael norris" <>
Date: Mon, 2 Nov 2009 15:21:26 +1100
Is this species in the north of Port Phillip more often ?

Today I saw one feeding on offshore rock platform opposite the Brighton Life
Saving Club at 0930.  The 3rd record for the City of Bayside this year,
following 6 records in 2008, with 6 other reports since 2000 (and none

The sightings have been in March, May, August, September, October - and now
November (right in the middle of the breeding season).

"Birds of Port Phillip Bay", published in 1986, has it as "irregular" at 3
sites in the northern half of the Bay (and "regular" at Point Nepean, Swan
Bay and Mud Islands).

Michael Norris

37° 59' S  145° 0' E


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