Grey-headed Lapwing at Burren Junction

To: birding aus <>, Alan Stuart <>
Subject: Grey-headed Lapwing at Burren Junction
From: Jim Smart <>
Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2006 19:34:20 +1000
Hello Birding-Aus people.

The Grey-headed Lapwing was in its territory near the Burren Junction wheat silo at 1100 yesterday, July 26. The lesion on its leg is quite conspicuous. It is spending more time than usual for other lapwing species sitting down presumably because of this lesion.

Fifteen years ago I visited the Namoi Valley cotton growing area and was appalled by the almost total lack of bird life in the cotton growing areas. In this visit I was impressed by the numbers of birds to be seen. Admittedly is is a small number of species but it is better than none. I presume that this is a result of the introduction of Bt genetically modified cotton and the consequent reduction in the amount of insecticides applied to the crops.

Jim Smart
East Maitland NSW

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