Thursday, 12 October 2023
As we reported on 3 October, 2023, for only the second time in 30 years, Pied Oystercatchers have hatched chicks on a public Sydney beach at Deeban Spit beach, in Port Hacking. The two chicks are doing well – watch this video. However, there are still several weeks of growing ahead for the young birds and they need your help.
Pied Oystercatchers are beach nesting birds with beaches being very busy places. They lay their eggs on the sand and only use natural beaches – those with lots of shells and wrack. These provide camouflage to protect both eggs and chicks. Deeban Spit beach is one of the few suitable beaches left in Sydney, as it is not groomed to remove the features so vital to the birds successful nesting.
Volunteers are needed to help monitor and support shorebirds, including the newly hatched chicks. If you have some spare time to support the shorebirds, please contact with us at email@example.com – no experience is necessary.
Pied Oystercatcher parent and chick (spreading its wings). Photo by Julie Keating.
A campaign is underway to encourage Sutherland Shire Council to declare the sand flats a nature reserve where dogs are not allowed. Sutherland Shire Council also needs to place signage to educate dog owners about not bringing dogs to the beach and sand flats. If you wish to help with this campaign, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org – we need your help.
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