Grey-headed Lapwing at Burren JHunction

To: Gregory Little <>, Birding Australia <>
Subject: Grey-headed Lapwing at Burren JHunction
From: Jim Smart <>
Date: Sat, 29 Jul 2006 07:25:18 +1000
Hello Greg,

Anne and I went up to Burren Junction on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday this week. We stayed in a cabin at the Narrabri Council Caravan Park, a nice spot off the constant traffic of the Newell Highway. Accommodation would not seem to be a problem in either Narrabri, Wee Waa or in Burren Junction itself. All places have regular motels/hotels plus economical accommodation for cotton workers and it is now the off season.

The Lapwing has found him/herself a nice patch of territory and seems to be waiting there for a mate to turn up. There is patch of low grass near the wheat silo that suits its purpose well. We arrived to find Tony and Sue Burgen from Nelson Bay looking for the bird. After about half an hour the bird found us by flying over Tony and Sue towards the land on the south side of the silo, over the railway. It flew back to a patch of water near the road then to another pool on the north of the road. If seems to fly if you approach within 30 metres. Others have approached within 10 metres in a car but it would be foolish to take a vehicle off the road now - they had very good rain last weekend. The Lapwing is fairly well camouflaged to the soil and vegetation and does spend a fair amount of time sitting down. Thus it can be hard to spot at times but is easy to see when it is up and walking.

The hot pool at Burren Junction is a bit primitive but is nice if you are into hot pools. It is worth a look and perhaps a dip. It is located about 2km east of Burren Junction. There were about a dozen Grey Nomads there in caravans not going anywhere due to the black soil turning into sticky mud after the rain.


Jim Smart
East Maitland NSW

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