Banded Lapwings

To: Martin Butterfield <>
Subject: Banded Lapwings
From: Michael Lenz <>
Date: Sat, 5 Jan 2019 05:12:55 +0000
Banded Lapwings are also a key feature of the Lake Bathurst/Lake George region. I can only agree with the landowner Martin has quoted:  they can easily be overlooked, they will call only when alarmed. And the areas to check for their presence are e.g. in the case of the two lakes too large. On  top of that, they can come and go as past surveys covering all of Lake Bathurst have shown (and then you may make a chance discovery of a whole flock on a paddock a few kilometers away while none were encountered at the lake).

Michael Lenz

On Sat, 5 Jan 2019 at 11:31, Martin Butterfield <> wrote:
I don't t think it is just the current drought shifting them around.

When I first came to Carwoola I corresponded with NSW OEH about some alleged Banded Lapwing (BL) sightings on Carwoola Station in their Atlas, suggesting it was a mis-identification.  About 2 years later I counted over 40 BL feeding in a lucerne crop in the middle of the Plain.  At about the same time the late Denis Wilson saw some on the Kings Highway just W of Bungendore.  Then they turned up close to Hoskinstown and have now been resident on the Plain for at least 2 years.

Martin Butterfield

On Sat, 5 Jan 2019 at 11:16, Con Boekel <> wrote:


This may be true.

OTOH, the call of the Banded Lapwing is distinctive and carries a very long way.

Perhaps the drought has pushed a few more in this direction?



On 1/5/2019 10:49 AM, Martin Butterfield wrote:
The landowner who has been hosting the Banded Lapwings on the Plain has advised 
"Riding to Bungendore this morning at about 6 am and I could hear B Lapwings calling . After sometime I noticed them attacking /chasing a raptor , which I think was a Whistling Kite. This was along past the three humps where the paddocks to the west are full of serrated tussock only about 5-6 k from Bungers.  I mention this as the birds , BL  , maybe more widespread then we have thought, and perhaps in the past due to camouflage, lack of people looking/knowing have been more common then we think ?. "
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