South Island Pied Oystercatcher SEQ.

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Subject: South Island Pied Oystercatcher SEQ.
From: Simon Mustoe <>
Date: Mon, 9 May 2011 11:53:05 +1000

Awesome find guys, well done!

Paul's images are up here:

Just look at the gait of this bird and the size dimensions. These are great 
photos. From the last reported candidate for a SIPO, Jeff Davies provided some 
information about identification. I've copied it here for general interest:

SIPO cannot be reliably identified on rump pattern alone.SIPO cannot be 
reliably identified based on wing bar extent.
              The only way to reliably identify SIPO is on a range of 
characteristics, combined with structure and build. The species is:
              Significantly smaller than Pied Oystercatcher.Is relatively 
dumpy-looking, on account of it having relatively short legs and long bill.
              For reference, here are two profile shots from Wikimedia Commons:

(note short legs and long bill)
(note long legs and short bill)
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> Date: Mon, 9 May 2011 07:27:00 +1000
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> Subject: [Birding-Aus] South Island Pied Oystercatcher SEQ.
> 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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