The Lapwing and Semi Trip Report

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Subject: The Lapwing and Semi Trip Report
From: Mick Roderick <>
Date: Mon, 3 Jul 2006 13:30:22 +1000 (EST)
Hi All,

  (I realise that the timing of this posting is a couple of days behind, as the 
GHL has been seen since, but we had trouble finding the Internet Cafe in Burren)

  Myself, Maggie Hristov and Craig Arms set off from Dubbo on Friday arvo, 
choosing to stay in Wee Waa as we thought accommodation may be a bit stretched 
in BJ that nite (apparently that wasn't the case). Prior to this I had made a 
trip out to Goonoo Nature Reserve to stake out one of the better-known 
Malleefowl mounds (just in case the recent rains had got them excited). No 
Malleefowl but an assortment of other species including Eastern Ringneck, 
Brown-headed Honeyeater and Spotted Quail-thrush.

  Arriving at BJ we joined 3 other vehicles crawling thru the town at walking 
pace, beanie-clad passengers nodding to each other in recognition as we passed, 
of why were here! Fortunately we then noticed that a group had located the 
bird, 300m east of the silo's on the northern side of the road. We had 
excellent views briefly before it flew off and settled behind some long grass 
in front of a Mimosa bush. At this point the bird would have been 
nigh-impossible to find had it not been watched flying there.

  I agree that this bird will probably hang around and it appears that it has 
been there for quite some time as it obviously familiar with the town layout! 
My advice to anyone who may be out there alone and having troubles finding it 
is to simply persist. It seemed to be happy standing in long grass, which will 
make it difficult to find. Like earlier suggested, pack a scope and look hard.

  We returned to Dubbo via the Warrumbungles where the White Box trees are 
heavily flowering and being dominated by Noisy Friarbirds along with 
Yellow-faced and White-naped Honeyeaters. No unusual species were seen, 
although a male Rose Robin was interesting. White-browed Babblers and 
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrikes were also presnt. Despite visting the W'bungles 
and trying known recent sites at Gilgandra and areas between Dubbo and 
Wellington-Parkes as well as near Comobella, I couldn't find any Superb 
Parrots. The record from near BJ from John Leonard makes me wish I'd paid more 
attention on the way back!

  One other record of note from the weekend was a flock of about 80 Little 
Ravens 5km SW of Sandy Hollow in the Hunter Valley.


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