Hi Rod, David and all
If the bird is taken into care it would be highly desirable for those making
such a decision to keep the birding public informed as much as possible. I
realise the decision to capture and treat the bird might be made fairly quickly
if its condition deteriorates, so if this is planned, I think it would be very
considerate to let people know in advance - it wouldn't be much fun to drive to
BJ from another state only to find the bird has been placed in care. Sure, it
might fly off and never be seen again, and everyone travelling to see it takes
that risk, but missing the bird after it has been taken into care would be a
pretty bitter end to a day or two on the road.
For what it's worth, I haven't had the chance to see the Lapwing, and probably
won't unless it hangs around for a few more weeks. Has it had its 200th
David Stowe <> on Mon, 10 Jul 2006 22:35:57 +1000
> Hi Rod
> Not sure if it is the same marking on its belly to what you have
> seen, but it certainly seemed last week like the growth was red and
> "active" giving off a discolouration from weeping where it puts its
> foot up when resting. The growth seemed to be similar in size from
> last week to photos taken a couple of weeks earlier but i didn't
> notice the red colour in it from the early photos.
> (Hope that all makes sense??)
> It will be interesting to see what happens. Very sad though if it
> does succumb to its illness.
> Are there any vets out there willing to offer an opinion??
> David Stowe
> On 10/07/2006, at 8:47 PM, Rod Gardner wrote:
> > Yet another update - sorry.
> > The Grey-headed Lapwing was present again today (Monday)
> > around the silos.
> > Mainly, though, I want to mention that the growth on the foot
> > seems to be getting worse. It wasn't limping today, but
> > hopping, and the growth on the foot looked about the diameter
> > of a 10c coin. I'm no bird doctor, but I would think the
> > prognosis wouldn't be great. Also it had a sizeable patch of
> > red dirt on its belly, suggesting its spending a lot of time
> > hunkering down, and not cleaning itself. I would suggest
> > anyone who hasn't seen it yet and wants to shouldn't wait too
> > long.
> > Rod
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