Grey-headed Lapwing

Subject: Grey-headed Lapwing
From: "jade welch" <>
Date: Mon, 03 Jul 2006 23:03:00 +1000
G'day All,

Well what can I say but thank god for birding-aus and its members! Again
this group has proved to be a fantastic forum for both the novice (which
includes me) and the most experienced birdwatchers alike. The fact that more
vagrants are being found in Australia is not surprising and could be put
down to a number of reasons. Some of the reasons are currently being
discussed by the members of this fantastic group.

Regarding the recent discovery of a Red-backed Kingfisher close to Brisbane
I have had a similar experience in which I spotted and photographed a
species (whilst holidaying in Warrnambool) that seemed to be taking a short
holiday, was an escapee from an aviary or was it breaking away to form
another population? The species I am referring to is an introduced species
which hails from parts of Melbourne. If you haven?t guessed what it is by
now the bird is a Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos).

Whilst visiting Tower Hill (which had recently been severely burnt by
arsonists) to do some birdwatching and site seeing I noticed a small bird in
the Casuarina above me near the visitor centre. I subsequently photographed
and later had the bird identified as a Song Thrush. Whilst I only ever saw
the one bird it led me to ask quite a few questions. Many of which I am sure
I?ll never answer. I know though that when I do go back to Tower Hill I will
definitely be watching out for more of these small birds.

This email was probably boring to most as it is regarding an introduced
species but for a novice like me the experience was amazing. How did that
bird get there all the way from Melbourne which by the way is 3 hours or so
from Warrnambool?

Anyway that?s my tid bit for tonight.

Yours Sincerely
Mr Jade Welch
Gold Coast,

From: "Colin R" <>
To: "Edwin Vella" <>, 
Subject: RE: [Birding-Aus] Grey-headed Lapwing
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?



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