Grey-headed Lapwing

To: Jill Molan <>
Subject: Grey-headed Lapwing
From: Martin Butterfield <>
Date: Mon, 14 Sep 2015 00:05:35 +0000
Thanks Jill.  Unfortunately I have commitments this week such that I can't
find a window of 7 hours plus (allowing 3 hours each way plus an hour
there) to get up there.

Since the issue of security first appeared I have had nothing but positive
comments about how the gatekeepers and rangers are handling the issue.  So
a bouquet to them.

The visibility of the bird from outside the site was also commented on,
while the position of the icon on eBird made it look about 500m from
Castlereagh Rd  with the rowing course and who knows what visual blocks in
the way.

Had all the current information been available when I felt I had to decide
what to do I'd probably have driven up yesterday.  But it wasn't so I
didn't and my onions got weeded instead!  Such is life.


Martin Butterfield

On 14 September 2015 at 09:22, Jill Molan <> wrote:

> Sorry all, I meant to address it to Martin, too much rushing this morning.
> cheers
> Jill
> On Mon, Sep 14, 2015 at 9:21 AM, Jill Molan <> wrote:
>> Hi John
>> I was there yesterday with Darryl McKay and we saw the bird first through
>> the fence about 8.30 am (we took a wrong turn to start off with so were a
>> bit later than planned). It was on the grass between gate B and gate C,
>> took a bit of looking through the vegetation, and the sun was behind it, so
>> not ideal so early, but we did see it clearly. Then we drove to gate A,
>> having seen some birders in cars parked near the bird. We drove to gate A
>> and explained what we wanted, and security said as long as we kept within
>> that area between gates A&C, no problem, just stay away from the closed off
>> area. They were friendly and helpful. We had a chat with the birders
>> inside, including Edwin Vella, and they told us when they stayed in their
>> car to observe, the bird approached within about 4 metres. We had the same
>> experience, sun behind us, good for photos and for viewing! Really a very
>> attractive bird, much more so than I had expected.
>> Good luck, hope you can get up to see it.
>> cheers
>> Jill
>> On Sat, Sep 12, 2015 at 10:19 PM, Tom Wilson <
>> > wrote:
>>> Martin
>>> check the Australian twitchers page on facebook and/or NSW pages on
>>> Eremaea/birdline if you can.  Reports are that the bird has been visible
>>> from outside the venue today and yesterday.
>>> Cheers
>>> Tom W
>>> From: Martin Butterfield
>>> Sent: Saturday, September 12, 2015 5:21 PM
>>> To: birding-aus NEW
>>> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Grey-headed Lapwing
>>> I was planning to drive from near Canberra to Penrith tomorrow to twitch
>>> the Lapwing.  Fortunately another Canberra birder was there and has
>>> advised
>>> that the site is closed due to setting up for something.  On checking
>>> the website
>>> for the location <> it seems to be
>>> closed
>>> until 29 September.  I am not keen on doing a 600km round trip to have
>>> some
>>> security Jobsworth tell me I can't get to see the bird, "because ...." so
>>> wonder whether someone familiar with the area can advise if it is
>>> possible
>>> to see the bird without going to the rower-infested area.
>>> Martin Butterfield
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