more identification requests.

To: Michael Ramsey <>
Subject: more identification requests.
From: Lawrie Conole <>
Date: Thu, 05 May 2005 09:43:02 +1000
Michael Ramsey wrote:

After looking at the first two shots of the raptor again the first one is a Whistling Kite as others have suggested. The gaps between the primaries in the wings would not be seen on a Black-shouldered Kite.

Thankyou Michael - I sincerely agree re the spread primaries (broad fingered wingtip outline - not strongly tapered to a point) - plus the colouration and general jizz of the thing is unquestionably the bigger rather than the smaller kite (and it proves my eyesight isn't totally shot!!).

The last two are Striated Thornbills, striations can be seen on their crowns.

This rather lets me down on the eyesight matter ... thankfully I can still hear, and so Striated v. Yellow Thornbills are a cinch in the field :-)

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