Little Curlew dip

Subject: Little Curlew dip
From: "Pedionomus" <>
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2008 22:09:40 +1100

Hello all,

This afternoon I had opportunity to search for the Little Curlew previously seen on Bulban Road, north of Little River (Victoria). Arriving at 4:00 in the afternoon I searched the areas previously mentioned on Birding-Aus, as well as the entire paddock. After two hours of searching I had failed to find the Little Curlew, and managed only to find about 30 Banded Lapwings, scattered across the paddock in loose groups. The Lapwings were hard to get onto. Perhaps it is just my being use to the flat, almost bare Riverine Plains of NSW that made them harder to see, but the rocky paddock of Bulban Road, with a good cover of tall grasses made them a challenge to find at times.

Though I gave a good search over the paddock, and a couple adjoining paddocks, a drive further west down Bulban Road shows that there are more potential areas where the bird could have moved to, but time didn't allow for searching these.

Even though I dipped the trip down was still very enjoyable. The most enjoyable observation I had on Bulban Road was two groups (15 and 8) of Magpie Geese flying overhead heading in a north easterly direction. I assume these are birds from Serendip?

Good luck to those who go in search for the Little Curlew.

David Parker
Griffith, NSW


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