Bird ID Please

Submitted: Friday, Sep 19, 2014 at 21:00
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Hi all,

Can anyone ID this bird for me please, it looks like a kingfisher of some sort, but it has a hooked beak, I cant find it in any of my bird books.

It is not the best photo, but it is all I have, it was taken in the Corrigin area of Western Australia.

Wish we had a birdlife section on this forum.


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Reply By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Friday, Sep 19, 2014 at 21:05

Friday, Sep 19, 2014 at 21:05
Looks like a Butcherbird
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Follow Up By: Member - Barry H (WA) - Friday, Sep 19, 2014 at 21:10

Friday, Sep 19, 2014 at 21:10
I agree Rod it does, but the 2 species of Butcherbird in WA have a solid black head, but the beak looks right.


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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Friday, Sep 19, 2014 at 21:28

Friday, Sep 19, 2014 at 21:28
Perhaps a juvenile of a species.

If no luck here try http://www.feathersandphotos.com.au
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Friday, Sep 19, 2014 at 21:54

Friday, Sep 19, 2014 at 21:54
The beak is definitely a giveaway, Brian. Give my vote to a juvenile too.

Sigmund,

Thanks for that link. Am trying to find the identity of a family of melodic little folk that are frequenting the neighbour's splendid garden. Will have to spend some time on that site later on.

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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 at 06:14

Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 at 06:14
Pleasure Bob.

It's a great site.

May make you feel inadequate about your bird photography though. There is some stunning work there.
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 at 08:06

Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 at 08:06
Ha ha, after a quick look last night, I now feel less than inadequate, Sigmund. :-)

A quiet stroll through that site.....one would be walking with giants.

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Follow Up By: Bushranger1 - Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 at 18:28

Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 at 18:28
Here you go.

Greg Postle bird artist

Now I wish I could paint birds like Greg Postle!
I met this guy out bush & real down to earth bloke with awesome talent.
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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 at 20:47

Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 at 20:47
His first name should've been Andrew.
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Reply By: Steve in Kakadu - Friday, Sep 19, 2014 at 21:29

Friday, Sep 19, 2014 at 21:29
Juvenile grey butcher bird.
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Follow Up By: Member - Barry H (WA) - Friday, Sep 19, 2014 at 22:34

Friday, Sep 19, 2014 at 22:34
Thanks guys,

A juvenile Butcher bird it is then.


Sigmund, thanks for a great link to that bird site, I will definitely be spending some time there.


Thanks all

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Barry H
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Follow Up By: Steve in Kakadu - Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 at 09:18

Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 at 09:18
You could try this app on you phone or Ipad if you have one.

Michael Morcombe bird app
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Follow Up By: Bushranger1 - Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 at 09:29

Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 at 09:29
Yep good suggestion Steve,
Just bought my wife an Ipad with that bird app & she loves it.
Great to be able to play the bird calls too which you can't do with a book.
Also you can store all your sightings on the included database with GPS co-ordinates.

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 at 10:01

Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 at 10:01
Yeah, it's a real advance for twitchers.

Sometimes the bird will answer back if you play their call.

Simpson and Day is now available as an app too.

And there are state fauna guides free; the Vic one isn't bad.
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Reply By: Phil B (WA) - Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 at 08:32

Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 at 08:32
Gee you guys are good - the best I could come up with is a LBB.

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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 at 08:46

Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 at 08:46
Lol. Lotsa LBBs out there; pretty reliable ID.

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Follow Up By: Phil B (WA) - Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 at 08:48

Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 at 08:48
Lol a Kite - I would have to say a BBB

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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 at 10:09

Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 at 10:09
My partner and I were stumped at Cullymurra waterhole trying to ID a medium BB. Very common. Ground and tree walker/climber.

Eventually settled on Brown Tree Creeper.

Bird colour it turns out can vary quite a lot by region. And photos often don't render colour accurately and that makes IDs afterwards more complicated.

I'm still convinced I found a unique species of Finch near Birdsville. Hard to photograph it though. Partner now calls it the Sigmund Finch ;-)

All good conversation matter around the camp fire.
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 at 17:57

Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 at 17:57
if you cant photo.
ive drawn birds before. im no Michaelangelo but colors of breast and head etc.
the bird was the most colorfull bird id seen outside of a parrot in the kalgoorlie region.
I used my drawing to identify it when home.
it was a rainbow bee eater an uncommon vagrant to the kalgoorlie woodlands
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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 at 18:46

Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 at 18:46
A good sighting.

In Hervey Bay I had them flying between me and the sun so their bronze wing feathers were lit up. Spectacular. A slow 500 mm lens couldn't cut it.
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Sunday, Sep 21, 2014 at 15:55

Sunday, Sep 21, 2014 at 15:55
Managed to catch a Rainbow Bee Eater at rest in January, 2013.

It had been a 40+ deg day, very dry and many of the "locals" were visiting.....and no doubt waiting for me to turn on the sprinkler. even at 5.30pm when I took these, it was still bloody hot!











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Follow Up By: Member - Russler - Monday, Sep 22, 2014 at 20:56

Monday, Sep 22, 2014 at 20:56
That second last photo, is one of them a Tit? Or perhaps a Babbler. Hard to tell from the angle and light
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 at 09:23

Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 at 09:23
Hi

Look like spiny-cheeked honeyeaters to me.

Second one from the top looks like a spotted bowerbird.

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Reply By: Member - graeme W (WA) - Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 at 23:09

Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 at 23:09
Hi Barry. The butcher birds at exmouth are often quite brown in colour compared to the much greyer ones down south. Quite easy to tame .

cheers graeme.
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Reply By: Phil B (WA) - Monday, Sep 22, 2014 at 22:34

Monday, Sep 22, 2014 at 22:34
Saw one of these only last week in the Murchison. very pleased indeed.
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Follow Up By: Bushranger1 - Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 at 10:18

Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 at 10:18
Nice to know these guys are being sighted.
We have 3 mounds on our West Wimmera property in Vic & 1 mound is active at the moment.

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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 at 13:50

Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 at 13:50
Check out this picture taken by someone in January 2013 along a stretch of road near Ouyen, Victoria



60 birds along a 10km stretch - eating spilt canola seed apparently.

They have obviously become rare in some areas due to land clearing but if fox control undertaken (good old 1080 !!) numbers can return.

Here's one I got (on a camera trap) out west of Menzies last year.



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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 at 13:52

Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 at 13:52
PS

Malleefowl Preservation Group Website

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Follow Up By: Bushranger1 - Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 at 14:47

Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 at 14:47
Thanks for the pics Greg
I just bought myself 2 motion cameras a fortnight ago & plan on setting them up at the active mound next week.

That first photo was taken by the caretakers of a Trust for Nature property at Ned's Corner I believe.

Good to see those fascinating birds are also doing ok out West. One of the issues besides foxes that can reduce numbers are frequent burns that are being undertaken in the Malleefowl habitat. They are very dependant on leaf litter for the incubation of their eggs.

My wife & I are going along to a training session on monitoring them shortly.

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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 at 14:57

Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 at 14:57
No worries

The WA Monitoring training session is on this weekend

MALLEEFOWL MYSTERY WEEKEND

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Follow Up By: Bushranger1 - Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 at 16:12

Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 at 16:12
Great stuff. Glad to see it's all happening over there out West.

We are going to this one.
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Follow Up By: Member - Barry H (WA) - Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 at 20:01

Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 at 20:01
Hi all,

One more image from today, Female Splendid Fairy Wren, the male decided to stay hidden, I could hear him but couldn't see him.







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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 at 10:22

Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 at 10:22
Top shot, Barry!

Worthy of inclusion in that link that Sigmund put up.

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Follow Up By: Bushranger1 - Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 at 12:08

Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 at 12:08
Great Shot Barry.
Always hard to get those small wrens to stay still long enough to get a photo.
Out bush for 5 weeks tomorrow so hope to get some nice pics like that with my new camera.

Cheers
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 at 12:19

Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 at 12:19
Naargh they're easy to photograph :)

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Follow Up By: Bushranger1 - Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 at 13:10

Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 at 13:10
Nice.
Actually I have a photo somewhere like that except of your everyday Blue wren on my car mirror.
Our friends always ask us why we have beanies on our parked car mirrors & I tell em the mirrors get cold at night!
Actually its to stop the males spending all day attacking their reflection thinking its another male in their territory.
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Follow Up By: Member - Barry H (WA) - Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 at 17:08

Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 at 17:08
Hi Bob,

Thanks for the comment on the photo, I don't think I can walk with those giants on that website of Sigmund's, maybe one day.


Have a good trip Stu, I look forward to seeing some bird photos when you return.



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Barry H
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Reply By: Member - Barry H (WA) - Thursday, Oct 02, 2014 at 18:36

Thursday, Oct 02, 2014 at 18:36
Hi all,

Just a few more photos from yesterdays outing.

I have been watching the Eurasian Coots at nest for about two weeks and now the young have arrived, I have to say they have a face only a mother could love, they aren't the most handsome chicks I have ever seen.

The cormorant shot was a dispute over a female, what else.
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Follow Up By: Member - Barry H (WA) - Thursday, Oct 02, 2014 at 19:00

Thursday, Oct 02, 2014 at 19:00
OOPS,

sorry forget to resize the files.










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