mystery bird

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Subject: mystery bird
From: John Graff <>
Date: Wed, 1 Sep 2010 21:58:26 +0800
Brown Songlark, perhaps? Seems to fit reasonably well - dark belly in particular



> Date: Wed, 1 Sep 2010 06:50:42 -0700
> From: 
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] mystery bird
> To: ; 
> Chris,
> The bird on the right of the image seems to have the jizz of a Wagtail and 
> some
> features in the description fit this (white eyebrow, tail-bobbing), but others
> do not (eg size, black belly band).
> Curious to hear others' thoughts - its probably something obvious that I'm
> missing - it's late!
> Mick
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> From: Chris Baxter <>
> To: Birding-Aus <>
> Sent: Wed, 1 September, 2010 11:13:26 PM
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] mystery bird
> Hi All
> I have here an excerpt of email description of a mystery bird seen at
> Lorella Springs, Gulf Of Carpentaria, by friends of mine recently. I have
> uploaded a poor quality photo at
> Please have a look and any id suggestions will be much appreciated.
> Cheers
> Chris Baxter
> Hi Chris,
> hope you are all well and your back into the swing of things.
> We got back last night and had a great holiday.
> We spent most of our time at Lorella Srings in the Gulf country. When we
> were there we went out to the coast and saw a pair of unusual birds (approx
> 1.5 km inland) and I was hoping you could help.
> At first we thought they were Aust. Pratincoles and at a closer look we
> discounted that.
> We had binoculars and the scope so we managed to get a good look. By the
> time I went back and got the camera they had flown some distance off
> (drat!).
> The birds were 22 >26 cm and very erect in their stance. The back was brown
> and slightly scalloped markings. The chin was white, a white eyebrow and
> dark eyes.
> They had a longish flesh coloured bill and slightly darker very long legs.
> Darkish band on the belly of one of them (see photo).
> The tail was very long and tapered and nearly touched the ground. Lot of
> tail bobbing. did not fly like Pratincole. were perched on dead shrub.
> We're just not sure what they are after gonig through the guide there was
> nothing that seemed to fit the birds features / behaviour.
> Any ideas? do you think it is a Pratincole and have we got it wrong
> completely?
> cheers
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