I managed a distant shot (with Olympus 740 x 10)
of the individual sighted first. I enlarged the image on screen last
night and while the clarity disappeared there was one unmistakeable fact -
the pinkish bill!
I later saw a group of three that landed not
more than 2 metres from myself and 2 NZ birders, and while I was not drawn to
the bill colour, the light colouring on the breast was the first clue and when
comparing to Tom Tarrant's photo, in hindsight it was much less marked with only
fine streaks - another point of difference with the Black Honeyeater. O'Reilly's
law (Murphy evidently was an optimist) of course deemed that by the time I had
focussed the digicam, this active little group had gone - otherwise this
discussion would not be ongoing. But then half the fun of birding is being able
to share and discuss.
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