To: "Birding-aus" <>
Subject: Rarities
From: "Edwin Vella" <>
Date: Mon, 3 Jul 2006 19:57:00 +1000
And the Black-backed Wagtail that turned up once at Glendale shopping
centre (outside a Lone Star Restaurant to be more specific)near
Newcastle, NSW is a good example. I wonder how many of these turn up at
similar places throughout Australia. Perhaps we should pay more
attention for possible Wagtails when we visit these places.

-----Original Message-----
From: Edwin Vella  
Sent: Monday, 3 July 2006 7:43 PM
To: 'Peter Waanders'; 'Birding-aus (E-mail)'
Subject: Grey-headed Lapwing

Definitely agree on this one. I am sure lots of vagrants even get missed
close to the capital cities!!


-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Peter Waanders
Sent: Monday, 3 July 2006 5:43 PM
To: Birding-aus (E-mail)
Subject: Grey-headed Lapwing

Hi all
I think Dave Torr hit the nail on the head - given the low numbers of
birders, and the vastness of the continent, it's much more likely to be
case of vagrants turning up in many places, but not being found. Ask any
birder how many more rarities are being found there nowadays compared to
20 years ago - due to a large increase in the numbers of birders and
mobility. A statistician could have a field day (applying some basic
assumptions) about the odds of vagrants being found.


Peter Waanders
Waikerie, South Australia
mob.: 0407 800264
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