Bannerman and the Black Oystercatcher. It is difficult not to sympathise with the sentiment in Bernard Zonfrillo's mourning of the Great Auk Pinguinus impennis, exterminated by man's hand on 3rd June 1844 (Brit. Birds 87: 269-270), but his blaming of the late David Bannerman for the extinction of the Canary Islands Oystercatcher Haematopus (moquini) meadewaldoi in 1913 is misplaced. Bannerman was a


Stay at the forefront of British birding by taking out a subscription to British Birds.

Subscribe Now