To: Kirri Neways <>
Subject: Oystercatchers
From: David Burren <>
Date: Sat, 20 Feb 2016 10:11:04 +0000
In early December last year I was surprised to find approx 180 South Island 
Pied Oystercatchers resting on the roof of a large shed near Port Chalmers in 
NZ (downstream from Dunedin, just next to the ginormous cruise ship terminal). 
Several Kelp Gulls were also in evidence (including one nest: it was a huge 
I have photos if anyone is curious: it was the largest congregation of 
oystercatchers I've ever seen.

David Burren

On 20 Feb 2016, at 6:55 pm, Kirri Neways <> wrote:

> Today on Bruny Island/Tassie, about 8am, I was walking along the beach at 
> 'The neck' campground and looked ahead to see a large group of black birds...
> As I got closer, I realised they were a large group of Pied Oystercatcher and 
> Sooty Oystercatcher together.
> I counted AT LEAST 100
> Any ideas as to why they are in such large numbers? Anyone else seen this?
> I've only ever seen 2-4 at a time in a group in the past
> Kirri
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