Orange Chat - still present Sunday morning (& photo)

To: Bruce Cox <>, Murray Lord <>, <>
Subject: Orange Chat - still present Sunday morning (& photo)
From: David Stowe Photography <>
Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2006 21:05:58 +1100
Hi all.
I am certainly no Chat expert (this one is the first Orange Chat I have seen) but I definitely agree with Bruce about the possibility of it being a sub adult male. My photo is certainly of the same bird as the one that Nevil Lazarus photographed, but I do also think that Murrays photo is of the same bird too rather than a different one. There does seem to be the same black feathers on the RHS of the face – Nevil’s shot shows the face from slighlty further around and with more fluffing of the feathers than Murrays but looking closely I reckon the black marks match up.
Certainly not at all doubting what you saw Bruce but I couldn’t pick these dark feathers through the bins – only on zooming in photos later on.
What is the consensus then?

David Stowe

On 22/1/06 1:38 PM, "Bruce Cox" <> wrote:

From:  Murray Lord   
Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] Orange Chat -  still present Sunday morning (& photo)
Hi Murray and Birding-aussers,
One thing which mystifyied me about the bird I  saw with Bob Way and Colin Scouler last Friday was the obvious yellow forhead  and frontal crown, this is obvious in Murray's pic. and also one posted by  Nevil Lazarus (Ozpic and Northside Birders). This is more characteristic of a  male than a female which has a brown cap extending forward of the  eye.
Looking at Murray's picture and neglecting  the shadow of the beak there appears to be black speckling on the chin  and upper throat  raising the possibility that Murray's bird is a sub  adult male. This does not appear in a picture posted by Nevil Lazarus   and I saw no dark markings on the throat of the bird I saw. All raising  the possibility there are two birds there, even two sub adult  males?
Bruce Cox.

The female Orange Chat was still present at about  8.15 am this morning, Sunday 22 January, when Tony Palliser, Alan McBride and  I saw it.  The bird was about 70 metres from the southernmost flag  referred to in previous postings, along the wheel tracks that head from that  flag in what I guess is an ENE direction.  Best access is from the end of  Fishermans Road, Malabar.
If anyone is interested, I have posted a rather  poor record shot of the bird at
Thanks to Frank for passing on information about  the sighting.
Murray Lord
[Apologies if you get two copies of this, I am  trying to work my way around how to post this whilst not being subscribed to  the list]

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