Grey-headed Lapwing 24/25 July

Subject: Grey-headed Lapwing 24/25 July
From: "Frank O'Connor" <>
Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2006 18:01:23 +0800

I joined the long list of visitors to Burren Junction to see the GHL. Success with prolonged sightings in the late afternoon of Monday 24th, and the following morning just east of the silos, on a long small pool in the grass about 30 metres from the road between the road and the railway embankment. A few comments.

1. A beautiful bird and well worth the trip. I could try and claim that I have come the furthest (from WA), but actually I was visiting Krambach near Forster on the mid north NSW coast, so it was only a 640km trip across.

2. The growth on the foot is amazing. Noone has mentioned the growth on the breast just in front of the right leg. Is this a growth, or is it a spur? It is pink, like a long pointed nipple, so I assume it is another growth.

3. While the bird was mainly hopping because of the foot, it was quite active and looked otherwise healthy. I twice saw it use its right foot (with the growth) to stir the water, perhaps to stir up food.

4. It called a few times when I flushed it a very short distance to observe its wing pattern. It was definitely identifiable as a 'lapwing' call, distinctly different from a Masked Lapwing, and different enough from a Banded Lapwing.

5. It had been very wet, with probably 25mm of rain making everything very muddy with water lying around in many places, but the bird seems to have settled in for the medium to long term. So good luck for all those that follow me in the quest.

Frank O'Connor           Birding WA
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