Sorry John.....I claimed that title a couple of months ago.........
From: John Tongue <>
To: birding aus <>
Subject: [Birding-Aus] Grey-headed Lapwing Dip
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2006 11:02:29 +1000
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 Waa)
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