I wonder if we're the first ones to 'dip' on the GHL??
My wife and I were up from Hobart for my nephew's confirmation on
Sunday, and as we were spending the night with my mother in Tamworth,
decided that as we were that 'close' we'd try for the GHL yesterday.
We set out early, arriving at Burren Junction around 8:30. We'd
already been in touch with Brett and Jo from the Servo for the lowdown,
but called in there first, just to touch base. We were pointed to all
the usual haunts, but told no-one had reported the bird for a few days.
We were on a limited timeframe, but searched all the recommended places
near the track, grain bunkers, 'swamp' and nearby dams for 2-2.5 hours,
but no GHL. Hundreds of Cockatiel feeding on spilt grain, and around
1000+ Plumed Whistling Ducks on the nearby dams, but no sign of the
Lapwing. Maybe it's moved to better locations, with the 'swamp' over
behind the tracks dry, and the trackside ditches almost so. Maybe it
was just laying low in the grass, avoiding increasingly desperate
twitchers, or maybe it's heard the call of its native homeland and
left. Who knows?
We had to leave to catch flights back to Hobart last night, and I'm
sure we'd be feeling a lot less tired today if we had found it.
Grey-headed Lapwings 0
Lessons learned about the vagaries of twitching 1
Tired, disappointed, ...... but still undeterred
John and Shirley Tongue
(PS We did see lots of species in our dash there and back, the most
surprising being a pair of White-bellied Sea Eagles circling over
paddocks and scrub - and the Namoi River - between Narrabris and Wee
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