South Island Pied Oystercatcher SEQ.

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Subject: South Island Pied Oystercatcher SEQ.
From: Geoff Hutchinson <>
Date: Mon, 9 May 2011 20:30:03 -0700 (PDT)
Thanks Simon I got the message. What a great service, you don't have to be at 
the computer.
Geoff Hutchinson
Date: Mon, 9 May 2011 11:53:05 +1000
From: Simon Mustoe <>
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Subject: South Island Pied Oystercatcher SEQ.
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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)
Incidentally, over 40 people received news of this bird yesterday via SMS. 
We're still intent on getting this system moving in the future but for now, 
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