Grey-fronted or Yellow-tinted HE, Cape York

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Subject: Grey-fronted or Yellow-tinted HE, Cape York
From: Gary Wright <>
Date: Thu, 22 Oct 2009 15:08:02 +1030
Hi ChrisLooks like yellow tinted honeyeater to me.  Pizzey shows immature
yellow tinted with bill like your photo.


2009/10/22 Chris Gregory <>

> Tim Dolby mentioned in his extensive trip report of Cape York and a
> sighting around Musgrave
> "I also had brief views of honeyeater that looked like a Grey-fronted
> Honeyeater, a rare bird this far north (this would be a major extension of
> its range). The nearest I've seen them was Georgetown, 500km south. The
> more
> likely sp. would be Yellow-tinted Honeyeater, with an isolated population
> found in this part of Cape York. Any thoughts or other sightings?'
> My wife and I were in the  vicinity of Musgrave RH last week. Probably
> about
> 30km from Tim's sighting. At the end of a very long, hot and what until
> then
> had been a successful birding day, we were walking down a bush track at
> sundown. We had entered a bird free zone. Not a bird in sight or sound for
> almost an hour. So now well past beer o'clock we were about to drive
> off when a small (3 or 4) group of unidentifiable yellow Honeyeaters were
> heard in a tree. I took a few shots out of sheer habit but the sun had set
> and the camera protested at the light settings. These were photos destined
> for digital oblivion.
> Still on the road and only now have I looked at the photos and caught up
> with Internet access. They are very ordinary photos and I am rather loathe
> to post them. But - what the heck - in the interest of science here they
> are
> - including habitat shot. Taken Friday 16th Oct 2009. For the technical
> minded the photos, apart from cropping, are not enhanced. ISO 1600 and
> white
> balance unfortunately still on full sun which probably has affected colour.
> This is all rather on the run but I reckon it must be either a juvenile
> Grey-fronted Honeyeater or Yellow-tinted. I plump for Grey-fronted based on
> my trusty S&D (my only reference) which says the juv. Grey-fronted has
> "base
> of bill, gape yellowish" (Yellow-tinted juv. "brownish"). Either way they
> are both out of range in my field guide. Anyone else want to throw in their
> two bobs worth?
> Chris Gregory
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