I wasn't advocating taking the bird into care. I think unfortunately
nature must take its course with this bird. After all it shouldn't
really be here anyway. I was just interested to get the opinion from
a vet (from looking at photos)as to what the growth/wound is and what
it's likely prognosis is. That way people making the trip would be
best informed about the likelihood of how long it's going to be
around as Rod was pointing out.
I totally agree that to miss it in the wild because it is in a cage
would be terrible. Also who would have the "authority" to take it in?
On 10/07/2006, at 11:54 PM, Russell Woodford wrote:
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 visitor yet?
David Stowe <> on Mon, 10 Jul 2006
22:35:57 +1000 wrote:
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??
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
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