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What is that little grey bird?

Posted Wednesday 4th March 2009 at 06:57 by Gemfyre
I often do a pass by Herdsman Lake on the way to work. Yesterday while driving along Lakeside drive I spotted a small grey bird in the grass among the Purple Swamphens. Lucky it's a quiet road because I quickly braked and though to myself, "That was too big to be a dove. And it didn't look quite like a peewee." I turned and parked near where the bird sat and immediately pinned it as a lapwing, but which kind? I put my ever-present binoculars on it. Banded Lapwing. A bird I have only ever seen once before, and that was way out at Lake Grace. A female or juvenile, lacking the stark black facial markings of the adult male. But with the distinctive small red wattles each side of the bill.

I wonder if it's a new bird for Herdsman?
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I had a very interesting experience at Herdsman's Lake involving coots, ducks and a Tiger Snake.

For a description and photograph visit my blog www.ancientbirder.blogspot.com
Posted Saturday 7th March 2009 at 10:04 by Grampy John Grampy John is offline
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I once saw a Purple Swamphen attacking a tiger snake there once! I think it did it because it had chicks nearby. Was amazing to watch. The snake did eventually give up and go the other way.
Posted Saturday 7th March 2009 at 10:10 by Gemfyre Gemfyre is offline
 
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