Grey-headed Lapwing

To: "Edwin Vella" <>,
Subject: Grey-headed Lapwing
From: "Colin R" <>
Date: Mon, 03 Jul 2006 20:27:36 +1000
Absolutely. The Red-backed Kingfisher recently found just north of
Brisbane is surely a classic example? Found further west this can't be
the only one (so far as I am aware) in the last 5 or 6 years to have
moved this far east to be found in a new (rural type) housing
development! And I still can't get over the no of wagtails seen south of
the Qld border yet none ever seem to be picked up here, (Brisbane area)
Would you overlook a wagtail? I don't think so! A RB King maybe - but a
wagtail? As others have pointed out -  there's a lot of ground out there
with very few birders to cover it. 
I've got a bit lost as to who actually found the GHL? Were they locals
or travelling birders? Wow!! - it must have been so exciting to realise
you had something so unusual! I envy the adrenaline rush you must have
had! Did you id it straight away or ???
Hoping it's still there at the end of the week, I'm a bit worried about
this Black Falcon reported in the area..... difficult to 'tick' a pile
of feathers!
Does anyone know if there's a camping ground in Burren Junction?


On Mon, 3 Jul 2006 19:43:12 +1000, "Edwin Vella" <>
> Definitely agree on this one. I am sure lots of vagrants even get missed
> close to the capital cities!!
> Edwin
> -----Original Message-----
> From: 
>  On Behalf Of Peter Waanders
> Sent: Monday, 3 July 2006 5:43 PM
> To: Birding-aus (E-mail)
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] 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
> a
> case of vagrants turning up in many places, but not being found. Ask any
> UK
> birder how many more rarities are being found there nowadays compared to
> say
> 20 years ago - due to a large increase in the numbers of birders and
> their
> mobility. A statistician could have a field day (applying some basic
> assumptions) about the odds of vagrants being found.
> Cheers
> Peter Waanders
> Waikerie, South Australia
> mob.: 0407 800264
> SA Birding:
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