Must admit I get a bit annoyed by people who summarily dismiss the
possibility of black WWFWs (or at least very very dark blue ones) being
sighted anywhere but off the WA coast. Perhaps the people who do the
dismissing haven't been to the locations and haven't seen the birds.
Would anyone like to summarily dismiss the CC Jacana we currently have near
Adelaide as well? Checks with the Zoo and others reveal that Jacanas have
not been kept in SA so that kills off the escape theory, but this bird too
is a long long way out of its normal range. (Maybe it sprang out of a box?)
And how about the current irruption of Painted Honeyeaters such that we
have six or so at Gluepot in SA, and I personally saw one (with three other
people) at Packsaddle, half way between Tibooburra and Broken Hill two
weeks ago. We couldn't believe our eyes, but there he was and we watched
him at a distance of only 10 ft for about 15 minutes. ( I guess he had
nowhere else to go) Both of these observations are many hundreds of km
west of their "normal" range, especially if you look at Schodde's latest map.
So come on people, let's keep an open mind on these possibilities and not
get locked into what mere textbooks and field guides tell us.
( must have a dose of Saturday am SOL!)
At 06:27 1/09/00 +1000, you wrote:
>Following on this thread, A trip to the Alice Springs sewerage farm in March
>this year yielded me a similar experience. I thought a saw a "Black"
>White-winged Fairy Wren but then thought no must have had too many red wines
>the night before because I was a long way from Western Australia . It was
>early morning to , probably no later than 8 A.M. I also saw "blue" ones as
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