Subject: Lapwings
From: peter crow <>
Date: Wed, 9 Jan 2008 07:10:45 +1000

Minnippi Parklands is an area beside Bulimba Creek in Brisbane's eastern Suburbs. It contains a small split lake which has been almost completely dry for some time. Masked Lapwings have taken over a dry area of mud in the southern pond and it has not been uncommon to see a dozen or more there. Over the last week we have had over 100mm of rain and the water level has risen resulting in less bare mud but not enough water for most water birds although a couple of Black Ducks were present. The interesting thing is that yesterday there were at least 41 Masked Lapwing on the remaining dry mud or in the shallow water. I have seen large flocks of Banded Lapwing in the outback but never such a large group of masked.


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