GHL Observation

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Subject: GHL Observation
From: "Bob Carr" <>
Date: Wed, 19 Jul 2006 07:03:20 +1000

On Saturday 15th July, 2006 we observed the Grey-headed Lapwing for 
approximately half an hour from 9.00 a.m.   It was located adjacent to and east 
of the silos in the grassed area along the railway line.   The weather was 
unpleasant at the time with continual drizzling rain following a night of 
medium-heavy showers.

The bird was searching for food and feeding for the entire time of the 

The appearance of the Grey-headed Lapwing presented it as a healthy and active 
bird.   It was obviously wet.   Whilst walking it limped slightly, or more 
accurately, ‘favoured’ the right leg as in attempting to place less pressure on 
that leg than the left leg.   Whilst standing it had the right leg with the 
knee slightly bent, again apparently an attempt to take the pressure off the 
foot.    Alternatively the ‘lump’ may be preventing the foot being placed on 
the ground in a normal position causing the knee to be bent slightly.    Whilst 
running the leg action developed into a ‘hop’.   This may be interpreted as an 
exaggerated limp caused by the faster action of the legs.

The mark on the belly previously referred to was apparent although it appeared 
to us to be soil stains resulting from sitting on the bare earth.

Bob & Penne

Wagga Wagga

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