Yes, the Banded Lapwings I saw the other day were in fact quite close to
Seven Mile Lagoon - or should I say where Seven Mile Lagoon used to be. It's
providing dry grazing at present.
But even a little bit of wet can bring it alive - I remember a good-sized
party of Oriental Pratincoles on a close to dry Seven Mile a few years
I participated a few times in the QOS bird count back in the early to mid
seventies, but we stayed mostly south of the Warrego Highway covering the
then Dyers Lagoon, (now the flooded Lake Dyer behind Bill Gunn Dam) and
south to Mt Mistake and so on. You must have been covering the mirror image
block across the highway!
Lockyer Valley, Queensland.
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From: Peter Woodall
Sent: Monday, 4 December 2000 4:14 PM
Subject: Banded Lapwings, bitterns
At 15:08 4/12/2000 +1000, you wrote:
>Banded Lapwings have been absent for some years now from several former
>breeding sites on top of the range in and around Toowoomba. But we came
>across a pair with young in the Lockyer Valley the other day, as well as a
>magnificent Black Bittern right by the roadside at a nearby creek crossing.
>The bittern waited for just a little while before decamping - just
>the time it took to raise the camera, but not that much-needed second more,
>and I have a shot of a vacant log to prove it.
For over 20 years a group of us have been doing an Annual Bird Count for the
QOSI, in October each year, around your parts. We start at Minden, on to
Atkinson's, Seven-mile, then to Esk and Deongwar SF and back through
We see Banded Lapwings most years around Seven-mile Lagoon, and this year in
early Oct we found them with a small chick.... so there is obviously
All the best
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