Mystery bird Lakefield Nat.Pk.

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Subject: Mystery bird Lakefield Nat.Pk.
From: "Graham and Liz" <>
Date: Sat, 30 Sep 2006 21:57:22 +1000
Hello Roy

My only experience of Isabelline Wheatear was of repeated views of a single 
bird outside Ramthambhor Nat. Pk. in India. We drove into the park on  three 
consecuive days and on at least two occasions the bird was present on what 
appeared to be a well worn football pitch just on the outskirts of the park. 
The bird constantly appeared to stand guard over an area of field occasionally 
relieving us of that blight to all Australian birders, the flies. It was not 
perturbed by our presence, in fact we eventually decided the entire pitch was 
it's territory.

Excellent illustrations of Wheatear's are shown in "The Most Complete Field 
Guide to the Birds of Britain and Europe" Mullarney, Svensson  etc Birds on 
page 265 can clearly be seen with a white upper tail and lower rump.  Good 
information and a reasonable photo of Isabelline Wheatear is available in "A 
Photographic Guide to the Birds of India" including Nepal etc by Bikram Grewal, 
Bill Harvey and Otto Pfister.

It sounds as though the bird was deliberately keeping to the heavier vegetation 
which tends to shy away from Wheatear and I have to say is not a habitat I have 
seen Wheatears in. My limited experience with Isabelline and Desert Wheatear 
and my more "not another Wheatear" experience with Northern Wheatear have 
allways shown the birds to be on exposed short vegatation, sand, moorland, 
coastal grassland.

The  exception here is Variable Wheatear which can be found on low bushes or 
walls.  I actually found them on overhead wires, didn't that confuse us for a 

Is non-breeding male White-winged Triller an option?

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