Cranes at Hasties and Fantail at Brown River

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Subject: Cranes at Hasties and Fantail at Brown River
From: Peter Ewin <>
Date: Wed, 31 Jul 2013 20:13:52 +1000
Evening all,
Just back from an eight day trip to PNG with a couple of days in Cairns (trip 
report to follow) - had a great time, though birding is ridiculously difficult.
A couple of questions about a couple of IDs.
We visited Hasties Swamp near Atherton on Monday and cranes could be heard on 
the private land behind the swamp, but could only be vieiwed (without a scope) 
from the road over the hill. It is probably a long shot but does anyone have a 
potential ID on these - my thoughts are Sarus, based on location (and comments 
in Weineke) but any local knowledge would be appreciated (if both likely then I 
will have to leave as unknown)
The other concerned a fantail seen at Brown River near Port Moresby. We were 
looking at a group of birds in lowland swamp forest west of Brown River with 
our guide Daniel Wakra, Black Thicket and Northern Fantails were present but 
another fantail was also there, which Daniel called as a Friendly Fantail. It 
wasn't until I got back that evening that I looked at guides and this would 
appear to be an exceptionally low altitude for this species. The bird certainly 
looked like the picture in Beehler et al. and behaved much more like a typical 
fantail (i.e. certainly not like a Northern with much tail fanning and 
movement) and there were was no rufous present (the thought was possible 
juvenile Chestnut-bellied but this would also appear to be too high as well). 
The problem is no other species seems to occur at this altitude and so I was 
wondering if anyone has any experience with this or other species of Fantails 
in this are/habitat.

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