Thanks to eveyone for their mis-ID ideas, I will acknowledge everyone who
sent anything in.
I never fell victim to the Starling/Blackbird juvenile ploy because I'd
already fallen victim to it, aged about 14, in Britain.
I find it quite interesting to see how bird vary over the country; it may be
a sub-species thing, or a just a clinal variation, but it is striking how
when you arrive in a new area you have get your eye in. For example
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrikes in the NT are much smaller than the ones down
south, and don't have so much of a contrasting white-belly (if I remember
correctly), Brown Honyeeaters in sw WA are much bigger than ones in the east
(if I remember correctly). I lived in Brisbane from 1991-94 and completely
failed in that time to work out Yellow-rumped and Buff-rumped Thornbill,
this is partly because I don't remember them as being quite as common as
they are down this way, but also, I suspect, because Buff-rumps around
Brisbane are much brighter yellow (Brisbane birders please correct these
statements if necessary).
Anyway, I'll get on with it.
John Leonard (Dr),
PO Box 243,
Woden, ACT 2606,
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