How the Grey-headed Lapwing was discovered.

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Subject: How the Grey-headed Lapwing was discovered.
From: "Peter Woodall" <>
Date: Tue, 4 Jul 2006 11:04:37 +1000
Hi Brett and Karen,

Thanks for letting us know how this bird was discovered.  Well done! You
had a lucky chance but you couldn't have handled this "chance"
observation any better.

Reading your note immediately reminded me of a quote of Louis Pasteur  "
In the field of observation, chance favours on the prepared mind".

Although you are being modest, this is certainly true of you.  Even
though you couldn't identify the bird immediately, your minds were
sufficiently "prepared" by your knowledge of Australian birds to know
that it was something different.  You then documented the observation
with notes and photos, and contacted experts to establish the identity
of the bird.

In contrast I'm reminded of a reputed sighting of Paradise Parrots in se
Queensland some years ago (and reported in Wingspan, I think).  In that
case no photographs were taken, even though the birds were said to be
feeding within a few metres of the observers, no location was divulged
and no experts were contacted to confirm the id.



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