On the way to the Grey-headed Lapwing

To: "'John Leonard'" <>, "'Birding-aus'" <>
Subject: On the way to the Grey-headed Lapwing
From: "Bob Cook" <>
Date: Mon, 3 Jul 2006 13:35:12 +1000
As John Leonard described, we (wife & I) got onto the GHL first thing (6.55
a.m.) on Sunday morning, exactly where described by Michael Wood from last
Tuesday.  As others are finding it in other spots later in the day, perhaps
the paddock across and about 100m further East from the Silos, is where it
overnights, or at least starts each day from.

Having driven from Mildura on Saturday, I was prepared for a long search if
necessary, but after following Michael's directions and starting scanning
along the line of low bushes from the right hand end, I got onto it within
20 seconds!!

Three more carloads of birders (including the four "madness-touched" ladies)
came along within the next 30 minutes, plus John a bit later.  After the
local store served 11 egg & bacon breakfasts (still highly recommended), we
set off back home.

We got back to Mildura at lunchtime today (Monday) - 2400kms later. 

Bob Cook
Mildura  VIC.

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of John Leonard
Sent: Monday, 3 July 2006 9:37 AM
To: Birding-aus
Subject: On the way to the Grey-headed Lapwing

We saw the GHL from around 8.30-9.30am on Sunday (2nd July). On arrival at
the paddock in front of the silos I met Bob Cook, who had seen it earlier,
and after he left I relocated it behind the low mimosa bushes. During the
hour I was there various bird-watchers dropped by, and the bird moved over
to the front of the bushes again and was quite close to the road on

Great bird, terribly sad to see it the bad injury on the foot that it has, I
hope it doesn't succumb to it.

On the way up on 1st and on the way back on the 2nd we saw lots of good
birds, but the best two sigthings were:

1. Three Superb Parrots very near to Burren Junction, this is the winter
dispersal area for the northern population, but great to see them outside
the spring and summer.
2. PALE-HEADED ROSELLAS (sic), two separate groups in the Pillaga (NB no
Eastern Rosellas seen north of Coonabaraban), and one bird actually at the
GHL site, though unfortunately this was during the period that I was alone
at the GHL site, and couldn't show it to anyone.

There must be some sort of periodic or seasonal dispersal of PHRs southwards
out in the mid west, away from the coast. Pizzey and Knight say
"exceptionally to Gunnedah".

John Leonard

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