Grey-Headed Lapwing 22 July

To: "Birding Aus" <>
Subject: Grey-Headed Lapwing 22 July
From: "Tim Murphy" <>
Date: Sun, 23 Jul 2006 18:01:41 +1000
I Japan, G.H. Lapwings were a fairly easy find in dry rice fields (the
fields are only wet in spring when it is required for the rice growing) east
of the town of Fuji (on the coastal plain at the foot of Mt Fuj)i. While the
NSW bird belongs to on of the migratory sub-species, a dry cotton field and
a dry rice field would be fairly similar habitat.

In fact none of the Vanellus species I have seen is an aquatic/water edge
bird.  They are all quite tolerant of dry conditions.

Tim Murphy

-----Original Message-----
 Behalf Of L&L Knight
Sent: Sunday, 23 July 2006 5:37 PM
To: Birding Aus
Subject: Grey-Headed Lapwing 22 July


The bird was pretty much on its own when I saw it - the only other bird
in the paddock was a Peewee.  The thing I find strange is that a
shorebird that apparently hangs out near water in Asia would choose to
settle in a dry paddock in the middle of a cotton growing area.
Perhaps that is the sort of environment it would find near its breeding
grounds in Japan/China.



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