South Island Pied Oystercatcher SEQ.

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Subject: South Island Pied Oystercatcher SEQ.
From: "Paul Walbridge" <>
Date: Mon, 09 May 2011 07:27:00 +1000
Hi All, as Mike reported yesterday, Brian Russell and myself relocated a bird 
that Brian suspected was a SIPO two weeks ago. He'd sent me some photos that 
looked promising re; legs but other details were needed. The next suitable 
tides were this weekend gone so we went to the area where we frequently 
photograph waders and found a party of about 80 Pied Oystercatchers of mixed 
local and NSW birds. Within about two minutes we had located the SIPO and began 
taking hundreds of photos as the tide began to push the group ever closer to us 
and we managed to capture most if not all the salient features needed for a 
submission to BARC. As far as I know this is the 3rd record for the greater 
Brisbane region.
The tides will still be suitable for the next few days and the bird should stay 
for some while barring accident. The location is Orana Esplanade on Pt. 
Halloran at Victoria Point and the particular raised shingle beach is roughly 
adjacent to 21-23 Orana Esplanade. A word of caution, these birds are used to 
human traffic going to and fro but object to anyone or thing joining them on 
their patch once they have arrived. One merely has to sit on the wall and wait 
for the tide to push the birds up to you. A scope will not be necessary, we 
photographed the SIPO down to about 6-7 metres! At the moment the tides are 
reaching the upper levels of comfort for the birds at this site and after a 
while they will fly off to other roosts, so my advice is to get there about a 
hour before high tide and just sit and wait. To anyone not familiar with the 
species I can send them some photos and info to help them locate this visitor 
from NZ. Cheers - Paul W.

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