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To: "Todd Parker" <>, "birding-aus" <>, "Subject:Pied",
From: "Alan Gillanders" <>
Date: Sat, 28 Dec 2002 19:06:00 +1000
Hello All,

Today (28/12) I saw a pied Wagtail at Kairi on the Atherton Tableland. =
It was on the eastern edge of the town across a corner from the cricket =
ground. It flew as I drove up, circled around, landed briefly and flew =
off into a nearby paddock. by the time I had gained permission to enter =
the paddock the bird had moved on. Here is a transcription of my notes:-

Face white with dark patch below eye, narrow black band on breast, crown =
& tail black, back light grey-brown, belly pale
- off white.

On returning home and consulting Simpson & Day as well as Slater I feel =
that it was most likely Motacilla lugens. From memory rather than notes =
I think that the forehead was white and that the 'patch below the eye' =
did not join to the neck colour. I did not notice any white on the tail =
but my first thought as the bird left the roadway was of a strange =

The farmer and one of his hands is keeping a look out for me and I will =
return in the next few days and let you know of any success.


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